Storage and organization are essential when designing any space, especially in your living room. Display cabinets and bookcases are two great ways to create storage while showcasing your collections, family photos, or other treasured items. Placing keepsakes on the shelves of a display cabinet is a friendly way of saying, “Please, don’t touch.” Bell’s Ethan Allen Design Center has a wide selection of Ethan Allen living room storage and display options for you to explore.
There are almost as many furniture layout options for living rooms as there are choices of furniture. One of the most classic and popular layouts features two sofas across from one another, with a prominent piece of furniture displayed against the wall at one end.
The other end of the sofa configuration can be accented with a chair and end table. In this instance, the prominent furnishing will be your display cabinet or bookcase. Many people use their entertainment center as the focal point, which is also an excellent option as large media centers have plenty of storage and display spots.
The short answer: anything you like enough to look at whenever you’re in your living room. Beyond that, here are some ideas that have stood the test of display cabinet time:
You should never forget that when displaying items, less is more. There’s a very fine line between attractive clusters of objects and clutter. The “Rule of Three” is a fundamental design principle used in nearly every interior and graphic design form. Groupings of three items are more visually interesting and likely to have an impact than two or four. Despite being called the “Rule of Three,” you can group more objects as long as the total is an odd number.
Place items of varying size and height together. This keeps the look interesting and allows you to display both small and large objects. Mixing vertical and horizontal pieces also prevents a monotonous aesthetic. If you’re showcasing books, place a few in a small stack and stand individual volumes around it.
Clustering things that are similar in nature or color on a tray or plate gives you the opportunity to display several items without being left with a dull aesthetic. The items should vary in size and be placed near the center of the tray to keep a sleek look. If items are not in clusters, remember that it is important to keep some space between your knickknacks or memorabilia. Leaving space allows you to appreciate the beauty of the display cabinet itself and gives individual items the attention and appreciation they deserve.
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