I have received many compliments through the years about groupings in my home. Friends, family and visitors to my home have commented on the fact that I can have groupings around my home, but it does not look cluttered. Some tell me that they could never pull that off. I think they can and I tell them so. Do you feel that way?
I love grouping things on top of hutches and cupboards or on a shelf or on a table. If you look through any decorating magazine you will see groupings of items in the room. These items can be of like colors such as the grouping I have on top of my cupboard in the corner of my living room/kitchen area. None of the items are related, but they "go" together. Everything is either green, white or a combination of the two. Some greens are light, some are dark, but they all work together. Some of the whites are bright, some are cream, some are distressed. I have a bunny topiary on a finial, an old green lantern, a white birdcage, a cream colored pitcher, a green rooster figurine, and two pineapple candle sticks and a wooden mermaid. I think I may have forgotten to list a few things, but you get the point. None of the items are similar in use, but they look great group together. I added the rusty pineapple candle sticks for contrast.
Groupings can be made up of like items such as my sheep above. This shelf is in my downstairs bathroom and also serves as a towel holder. It's a great way to display my sheep collection I started years ago. It looks cute, but not cluttered.
One way to avoid a room looking cluttered, is to take 8 or 9 pieces you use in a room and group them rather than the 8 or 9 items scattered throughout the room. Also be sure the rest of the room is clean and simple. This takes your eye right to the groupings and the rest of the room looks great, too.
To de-clutter a little in my kitchen I found this lovely antique reproduction of a french soap box. I bought it at TJ Maxx. I was so happy to find that my two mason jar soap dispensers fit perfectly inside! In one jar I like to keep hand soap and the other dish soap. When both jars are neatly tucked in a cute soap box it makes the sink area seem less cluttered.
Don't be afraid to make groupings. Use magazines and decor websites for ideas and give it a try! Want some really great inspiration? Visit The Nesting Place. The Nester makes the most beautiful groupings EVER!