If you love collecting, you're probably running out of display space on tabletops, mantels, and chests. That doesn't mean you have to stop collecting. You just need to go vertical with vintage collections you can hang on the wall. Here are 21 ideas to get you started:
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2. Hand-Cut Silhouettes
In a society where anyone with a cell phone can snap a photo at any time, cutting paper silhouettes by hand is a long, long lost art.
Help preserve surviving examples (and make your space look stunning) by starting a collection of vintage silhouettes.
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1. Vintage Posters
Posters aren't just for teenagers' rooms, especially if you collect vintage posters. The key is framing them tastefully instead of using cheap plastic poster frames.
Make your collection look cohesive by choosing posters that share the same subject matter or theme. That can be anything from 1980's hair bands to old Soviet propaganda posters.
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3. Porcelain Plates and Platters
Displaying a collection of old porcelain plates, platters, or butter pats in an arrangement is an easy way to fill up lots of wall space.
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4. Tin Ceiling Tiles
Give your house vintage charm by hanging a collection of old tin ceiling tiles on a wall.
You can frame them individually or just attach hangers to the backs.
Instead of buying a wall's worth of tiles salvaged from a single ceiling, aim for a mix of different patterns and original finishes.Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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5. Advertising Art
Advertising art has been a hot collectible for years, and it's showing no signs of slowing down. Perhaps that's because it makes us nostalgic for the products we used to buy and the places we used to go.
To start a collection of advertising art, keep an eye out for old signs, magazine ads, and trade cards. You can stick with a single type, company, or product category -- or hang your wall with a mix.
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6. Old Postcards
If you're searching for an affordable collection to hang on the wall, consider vintage postcards. A handful frequently costs less than you paid for your morning latte.
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8. Silver Trays and Platters
Dress up your kitchen or dining room by hanging a collection of vintage silver platters or trays on the wall.
If you opt for plated silver instead of sterling, you can pick them up for a few dollars each at flea markets and junk shops.
For the most interesting wall arrangement, choose a mix of sizes, shapes, and edge designs.Continue to 9 of 12 below.
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9. Old Black-and-White Photos
When you hang a collection of old black-and-white photos of people on the wall, you don't have to limit yourself to your own ancestors. You can share your space with the people that everyone else forgot.
Other appealing subject matters include architectural photos, vacation snaps, landscapes, and vintage street scenes.
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10. Old Oil or Acrylic Paintings
At flea markets, antique malls, and even thrift stores, you can buy old oil and acrylic paintings created by both listed artists and talented amateurs.
Choose the subject matter you like best and start a collection. Good options include pet portraits, people portraits, still lifes, landscapes, and seascapes.
Or, choose a mix of subject matters painted during the same period or in the same style.
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11. License Plates
Hang a collection of old license plates on the wall? Why not?
If you're a lover of classic cars, consider installing a collection in your den, home office, powder room, or even the garage.
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Even More Ideas
13. Crosses and Crucifixes
14. Orthodox Icons
15. Vintage Kitchen Utensils
16. Old Farm Implements
17. Album Covers
18. Maps and Charts
19. Antique Mirrors
20. Beaded Evening Bags