Declutter and personalise your space

Declutter and personalise your space


Posted 18th Sep 2013

Decluttering your home can seem like a daunting challenge and knowing what to do with everything you unearth can be equally difficult.

From clothes you no longer want to gadgets you no longer use, donating items to charity is often a great way to reduce the amount of clutter while benefiting a worthy cause.

However, it is items with a sense of sentimental value that you don't want to get rid of but don't know what to do with that often pose a problem.

We caught up with interior designer Hannah Brown of Hannah Brown Interiors, who gave us some suggestions on how to introduce an individual sense of décor with a considered display of loved items:

Pick a spacePick a space
Injecting a sense of identity and personal taste does not need to be an eclectic clutter, a dramatic use of colour or a bold statement, it can also be a carefully selected group of belongings.

Whether you have a modern white home with clean lines or a more rustic country cottage, choosing a designated space to display your loved objects can create a great feature as well as help to declutter your home.


For those minimalists cautious of clutter, a mere suggestion of personality will warm up the space without interfering with simplicity.


This can be easily achieved by either creating some fabulous recessed shelves for those functional but decorative items or using a vintage glass cabinet to display your more precious items. Using out of action fire places is also an opportunity to create a display feature with some quirky recessed shelving.

Recessed shelves 

Display cabinets

Materials such as reclaimed timber can soften a modern space and make use of otherwise unused space.

Use the shelves to display attractive glassware and crockery, along with pictures and favourite objects. Create a blend of sentimental and practical for an eye-catching feature.

Display cabinets

Vintage glass cabinets continue to be a trend this year and are perfect for displaying your most treasured items. Add texture and some pattern by stacking some favourite unused fabrics or stacked vintage plates.

Surrounding the cabinet with clusters of framed objects will add to the overall look.

Plan Chest

Plan chests
Wooden plan chests are a design classic and are a perfect way to either hide away clutter or use to display photos and artwork. Head to your nearest auction house to find a vintage chest.

Office cabinetEdit your items

Instead of hiding everything away, by sorting through all your items and choosing the things worth displaying, you can create a fantastic and personalised collection.

You may discover forgotten items tucked away deep in your cupboards that are not only aesthetically strong but hold special memories which are worth displaying.

Shells and stones from holidays, photos and corks from wine bottles can all be used to create a unique and personal feature in your home.

Build a feature
Coloured glass bottles and vases, vintage tins and candle holders can all add to your display. Mix old with new for a really eclectic but highly personal display.

For more information and to find similar products and pictures please visit www.hannahbrowninteriors.co.uk 






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