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Home visit: turn everyday objects into displays

Enjoy your beautiful objects and have fun with everyday items by putting them on show. Here’s some inspiration for displaying your favourite things in unexpected ways.

A hallway decorated with hooks and handbags, mirrors and a white shelving unit displaying everyday objects.
A hallway decorated with hooks and handbags, mirrors and a white shelving unit displaying everyday objects.

1. Create a collage of family photos Make the most of a difficult wallspace, like the stairwell. Here, three different-sized frames have been used to map a layout that fills every inch with special family memories.

2. Feast your eyes In this open-plan kitchen, a collection of recipe books is kept next to the glass-fronted pantry (a vintage IKEA cabinet), so ingredients can be easily checked for the next meal.

3. Put kitchenware on show Hang up your chopping boards for a space-saving solution and display idea in one.

4. Have fun with the details Make room for playful touches, even in the hallway. Handy hooks for bags, jackets and sunglasses keep them accessible and organised.

5. Make a statement with storage Customise your open storage. Treat each alcove like a mini gallery – have a theme so each stand-alone unit becomes part of the bigger picture.

6. Simple bedside style Create a display that’s both practical and beautiful. Build height with a stack of books and an angled lamp – ideal for late-night reads.

7. Curate your collection Add interest to a gallery wall by displaying mismatched objects – and group them by colour and shape to bring in order. Foraged branches and driftwood create a pleasing contrast with graphic objects.

8. Easy storage hacks Design storage your way. Try using things differently than intended – here, clothes accessories are hung on hooks from the kitchen department, on a ladder fixed to the bedroom wall.

We spotted all these ideas at Anita’s house in Norway. “Being an interiors and garden stylist, I’m always looking for ways to curate my own displays. I’m very visually minded and I hardly ever switch that off, even when I’m out running in the forest,” she says. See all of Anita’s home here.

We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial guarantees and your right to return the products will be lost.

Made by

Interior stylist: Carl Braganza
Photographer: Benjamin Edwards
Artwork on middle picture ledge: Randi Eilertsen