1 – Create balance.
When displaying collections a balance needs to be created that’s calming to the eye.
2 – Live large, open up
“Opening an enclosed staircase can create interesting display options in most any venue. Here the walls that had run floor to ceiling, encasing the staircase, were removed. This relatively simple change added architectural interest and a far greater sense of space in this kitchen.”says Ferrier(Designer, collector and intrepid shopper).
3 – Visualize how you want it to look
Think about the graphic impact. “Successfully translate assemblages of collected pieces into single powerful gestures.”
4 – Soothe yourself
“To create the most serenity in a bedroom, use a tone-on-tone palette of a restful blue or green, then make it dynamic by using a wide variety of textures. Here the wall color is what I call a ‘tall glass of water’ aqua blue—which also happens to be my client’s favorite color. Except for whites and creams, it is the only color in the room. That’s soothing, but to keep things interesting, I’ve used probably 25 different textures, including flannel curtains with striated woven bamboo sheers, a hammered-metal coffee table, Lucite lamps, a tufted cashmere bed [headboard and footboard], wool carpet, a Belgian linen sofa, lacquered side tables with inlaid steel, and peeling paint on an antique Swedish settee—mixing slick, soft, rough.”
5 – Use something that emotionally moves you
“Collections are visible evidence of what compels you,” says Ferrier(Designer, collector and intrepid shopper) “Sharing the story of how you see and respond to the world becomes part of your identity.”
6 – Be strong, soften up
“Use a patterned wallpaper to strengthen a room, and an unpatterned paper to soften a space. One of my favorite patterns is this floral, with its creeping branch and blossom designs in chocolate, blush, and green. It’s a perfect example of how a patterned wallpaper, as a single design element, can enliven a space and set a new decorative direction. Be sure other design elements play down to the paper. When wallpaper is unpatterned, it can wrap a room with color and texture and soften the space.”
7 – Think about what the collection represents
“My assemblages are an accumulation of a history of places I have been, people I have shared experiences with and lessons I have learned,” says Ferrier(Designer, collector and intrepid shopper). “Collections can tell our personal story.”