To make a space feel less cluttered and to create more visual interest, grouping similar objects works wonders. Together they read as one and make a stronger impact than each one on their own. This trick is often used by stylists and home stagers to makes a space look more put together, and you can utilize it in almost every room: hang pictures together to make up a gallery wall, create a still life of desk top objects next to the computer, gather soaps, lotions and potions in one spot on the vanity, place all your jewelry together on a tray on top of the dresser and so on.
A room where this way of organizing things really makes a difference is the kitchen. Imagine a counter top where all the appliances, cutting boards, bottles, and the paper towel holder are spread out and pushed up against the backsplash in a long row – it’d be hard to get anything cooking in that kitchen. But, grouping the kitchen objects in two or three places will allow for more free counter space to work on, and provide easy access to the things you use often. It would also make the kitchen look more inviting. It’s hard to argue with beautiful and functional!
Does this mean you need to start a collection? No, it’s just a clever and attractive way to display and organize the things you already have. Below are a few examples from around my house.
Photos: Charlotte Coffey and Nadya Novitchenko