Your Best Ideas: How to Display a Collection Without Looking Like a Hoarder

Don't confuse a collection for clutter. When displayed the right way, the things you love can make an artful statement in your home.
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Everyone has something they like to collect. Whether it's snow globes, vintage china, rare coins or porcelain dolls (we don't judge), the key to keeping your collection under control is finding a way to display your beloved items that minimizes clutter and chaos.

We gathered some of our favorite ideas from HGTV.com and our Instagram followers to help inspire new and creative ways to make your prized collection more than just a group of dust-collectors. 

Create a Gallery Wall

For items like clocks, artwork, plates or record albums, the most obvious place to arrange them is on the wall. Keep the focus on the pieces themselves by only displaying a handful of your favorites. Can't choose your favorites? Swap them out regularly to switch things up! 

Breakfast Nook With Collection of Wall Clocks

Breakfast Nook With Collection of Wall Clocks

Joanna Gaines added a novel touch to the breakfast nook with this collection of wall clocks hung as a grouping.

From: Fixer Upper

plates wall decoration

plates wall decoration

A collection of plates adoran a wall

From: Charles Faudree

Photo by: Photo Credit: Jenifer Jordan

Photo Credit: Jenifer Jordan

Quirky Collection of Corkscrews

Quirky Collection of Corkscrews

Antique corkscrews are unique wall decor in the kitchen.

Photo by: Melanie Millner

Melanie Millner

Use Floating Shelves

Shelves or photo ledges work well with larger items that don't belong on a wall, like globes, sea shells or vintage bottles. Even toy figurines can look surprisingly sophisticated when lined up neatly on a shelf. Bonus: Little fingers can still easily reach them at play time. 

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @little_cream_soda.

Photo by: Instagram user @little_cream_soda

Instagram user @little_cream_soda

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @x20girl.

Photo by: Instagram user @x20girl

Instagram user @x20girl

Take Advantage of Built-Ins

Built-in shelving gives you lots of space to arrange and rearrange a collection to your heart's content.

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @farmhouseredefined.

Photo by: Instagram user @farmhouseredefined

Instagram user @farmhouseredefined

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @farmhouseredefined.

Photo by: Instagram user @farmhouseredefined

Instagram user @farmhouseredefined

oyster plates

oyster plates

This oyster plate collection sits in the back of the built in niche in front of a red wall.

Photo by: Photo Credit: Edward Addeo

Photo Credit: Edward Addeo

Cabinets and Cloches

Showing off the size or shape of an item in your collection can call for special treatment. We love how these Harry Potter collectibles fit perfectly within the panes of this small display cabinet. Below it, baseballs become museum-worthy when displayed under glass cloches. 

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @skybisons.

Photo by: Instagram user @skybisons

Instagram user @skybisons

Baseball Collection

Baseball Collection

Designer Justine Sterling's client has loads of sports memorabilia and having these glass cloches made the perfect display for his signed baseballs.

Photo by: Shelley Zatsky

Shelley Zatsky

Forget the Rules

Who says magnets belong on the fridge? This collection could look overwhelming if it greeted you every time you went hunting for a snack. Giving magnets their own place to shine transforms them into a work of art! 

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @peckplus2.

Photo by: Instagram user @peckplus2

Instagram user @peckplus2

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