As we go through life, we accrue items and object d’art that colour our lives with whimsical stories and wondrous, adventurous memories. These knickknacks are often put away in boxes or cupboard, long forgotten until moving house or spring cleaning. This lack of exposure to your treasured items is a true tragedy as, while the years tick on, you stand the risk of losing the meaning behind your cherished things, making them obsolete and culminating in their disposal.

So, to avoid having to hide away all of those precious memories and mementoes, we’ve put together a few ways to incorporate your prized possessions into your decor!

Frame

For photos, displaying is much easier and much more changeable. The benefits of a photo as a token of memory is that they take up little space and they convey meaning and messages in a visual sense more directly than an object can. Frame them, hang them up, and be ready to explain to them whenever anybody asks after them in the future.

Companies that offer custom picture framing allow you to easily display your photos, whilst also turning them into a tasteful, unobtrusive centrepiece that can bring a lot of character and personality to space.

Colour Co-ordinate

First of all, when displaying your treasures, you want to ensure they are appreciated for all their splendour and glory, so coordinating their colours with that of the room you’re displaying them in is a great way to add to the aesthetic of the room without detracting from the sentimentality of your prize.

For instance, if you have a piece of azure glass that you picked up from a beautiful beach on a tropical island one day, you wouldn’t put it with a warm, red room unless you were planning on mixing many different colours in that red-painted room. You would find a cooler, blue-green room to place it in, which would allow you to offset the piercing blue with some sea green or some dark navy.

Room-Match

As well as the colour of the room, the purpose can also be matched with the purpose of the item, creating a link between the present and the past. As an example, imagine you spent a wonderful month sailing around the coastal cities of Europe and partaking in some of the best seafood you had ever eaten.

As a reminder of that time, you could have grabbed a special fork or a shell from one of your dinners and, as this is a food related item, you could then store it in the kitchen or dining room.

Prioritize

Finding which pieces are most important might seem difficult.

After all, you have so many to choose from, but displaying them all might not be realistic. The more journeys we travel through, the less likely we are to have room for all of those souvenirs in our home. This is dealt with by prioritizing the most important ones as display pieces and the others as being close at hand should the need to tell the story to arise.

Function

Finding keepsakes that have the function can be a great way to prepare for displaying them in the future, and not in a place where they will be gazed on from afar. Grabbing a spoon, for instance, in a foreign city means you have a keepsake that can be used at home in a day-to-day sense.

Protect

Finally, for the more delicate, the more aged, or the more precious items of interest we suggest some furniture to store it in. Cabinets and display areas are great for showing off memory pieces, and even a bookshelf can offer up one of its shelves to be a showing area for your treasured items.

With these hints, go forth and begin to display your cherished and treasured prizes, safe in the knowledge that they won’t disrupt your aesthetic, or lose value in your mind.

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