The eternal question, how can you show off without looking as if you’re showing off? The interior design world has been trying to wrap its head around this very concept for centuries. Only a few styles have ever got it just right. They would be the Victorian, Edwardian, Georgian, Neoclassical, Italian Renaissance and Swiss interior design of the Early-Modern period. That should give you a lot of choices but let’s narrow it down to sections. These sections will give you the correct guidance on how to style your home, pleasantly yet with gusto and pannash.
Displaying your wares
The display cabinet has always been the go-to for anyone seeking to ‘show off’ a little. It’s been the best place to display your posh china and your best ornaments. Whether you have delicate rare china plates, golden figurines of ballerinas, amazing travel souvenirs such as a brick from an Aztec temple, or just your educational achievements, the display cabinet is the best platform. Companies like Reeve & Co still make traditional display cabinets, and their Traditional Cabinet Base with Glazed Bookcase Top is among the best pieces in this field of classy decor. The top half is for displaying your favourite ornaments and cutlery, and the bottom half is used to store other items such as books, tobacco, pipes and interesting bits and bobs you have about your life.
Displaying your shine
If you have some excellent jewellery pieces, then you can display them in a similar style. Buy some black mannequins and lay your pieces over the top of them. They will look like an exhibit and look how they’re supposed to as they’re worn. You should also get a glass box to put over the top of them, so it actually looks like a subtle museum exhibition. Does this seem a little arrogant? Well, maybe, but you should only have these pieces displayed in an area which isn’t open to ‘the public’. In other words, not every guest should be able to see them. They could be displayed in a separate room or perhaps in your walk-in closet or wardrobe. It’s a little exclusive and only shown to your most trusted and adored guests when they come over for a dinner party and they want a tour of the house.
Ornamentation on side tables
Side tables are perfect little platforms from which to springboard your cultured nature. If you have travelled the world and you want to show people who arrive at your home, the pieces you have bought or been gifted from places, use your side tables. Did you go to a Russian art gallery? Then display your replica Jewelled egg on a silver stand, on a side table in the foyer. Did you go to Italy and buy a limestone sculpture of the Pope? Display him on your side table in the dining area. Get creative and use side tables as plinths.
Everyone is a little arrogant, even if it’s just a smidge. Your interior decor can look incredibly elegant and humble, but with just a touch of a grandiose entrance, with these methods.