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Decorating tip: 
Display items in odd numbers 1-3-5. Also remember to add soft to hard. Example: drape a vintage linen (soft) 
out of crock (hard) 
If something in your display doesn't seem quite right...check your numbers and soft/hard technique!
This page was last updated: October 11, 2013
Submitted by HomeOnTheHill 2009
Submitted by The Patriot Homeplace 2009
Submitted by HomeOnTheHill 2009
Keeping It Simple 
Sarah from
(All Roads Lead Home) 
Shares How to 
Acheive the Look
Use your collections. 
Be proud to display 
the things you love. Sometimes having a whole group of crocks or baskets in one space is beautiful. Some people like to use them throughout their house. The main thing is to switch it up....group them together for a while, then split them up and use them one by one in different displays. A great time to do this is the with the change of seasons. 
Lighting is so important. It can make or break 
a display or a photo of your display. A soft glow is the best accent. Once again if you get done with a display 
and it is missing something it might just need a little flicker. 
I like the glow of the silicone bulbs, they make the greenery look more beautiful and they cast just the right shine on your favorite snowman or Santa. 
Soften displays with greenery or fabric. Sometimes when you get a display done, 
you think it just needs a little something. Nine times out of ten if you just tuck in a little greenery or a little fabric it will soften the whole look of your display. Don't overdo, just a touch is enough to make a big difference.
Use things in a different way. When working on a display have an open mind. Think outside the box, try and use something in a non traditional way. A candle holder doesn't always have to hold a candle, it could be used as a "riser" to get that snowman up higher in your display. Turn one bowl upside down and place another bowl ontop to raise everything up. 
A chair doesn't have 
to have a doll or a bear in it, set a sign 
on it, place a bowl filled with greenery or bells in it. Never be afraid to try something out of the ordinary.
Not everything has to be "full". If a basket is gorgeous on its own, don't put anything in it to distract from its beauty. If a crock looks best empty, leave it empty it doesn't have to be overflowing with greenery or flowers. Sometimes keeping it simple makes the biggest statement.
Use different sizes, shapes and colors. 
All of these things add interest. Place things at varying heights and use flat things like gameboards, cutting boards and bread boards as backdrops. Start with these things in the back of your displays and work your way forward. Cutting boards and bread boards are also a great way to hide something you don't want seen. Maybe an outlet or lightswitch on your kitchen counter for example. 
Things to remember: Anything which adds depth or the appearance of depth will enhance your display. 
Use dark accents on a light background, and light accents on a dark one. 
Remember a good display is simple; using many colors will add clutter. 
Consider the individual lines, shapes, colors and textures of the items you are displaying. Many  groupings fail to make the right impact, and are overlooked as visual clutter due to being displayed in the wrong way. Sarah (All Roads Lead Home) shares some tips on "How to Achieve the Look" (See right sidebar)
Submitted by The Hollow Cupboard 2009
Decorating tip: 
Use gameboards, cutting boards and bread boards as backdrops. Start with these things in the back of your displays and work your way forward. Cutting boards and bread boards are also a great way to hide something you don't want seen. Maybe an outlet or lightswitch on your kitchen counter for example. 
Submitted by CozyCoop 2009