The spaces we spend our time in can have a huge impact on how we feel about ourselves and our lives, and we don’t always have the luxury of deciding what those spaces are like. But displaying a pin collection (or really any other collection) can be one way to make a space feel like our own. And I don’t know about you, but my pin collection brings me so much joy whenever I look at it.
It took me a while to figure out how to display my pin collection in a way that I truly loved, but I’ve put together a few tips that will hopefully save you some time and expense:
1. Trust Your Taste
There are so so many different styles of pin displays, from simple to ornate. I found it really easy at the beginning to chase after displays that looked like other people’s, rather than think about my own style and what would complement the other decor in my apartment. I recommend taking an inventory of your own style, reflecting on what you’ve decorated your house with or browsing your pinterest.
What colors, textures, and vibes do you gravitate towards? Do you go for boho, farmhouse, modern, playful, or maybe gothic styles? Do you love all things pastel or go for jewel tones? Do you love a good wood-toned piece of furniture, or are you all about the classic white ikea furniture? All of these insights can help you figure out how to choose a display for your pins that seamlessly integrates into your space.
Personally, I love honey-colored wood, rattan, burlap, and natural colors that blend in with my plants and other boho / tropical pieces that I have picked out over the last four or five years. One of my favorite all time displays is this rattan bordered linen pin board from Target that perfectly fits my apartment style with its natural colors.
2. mix it up
Alright, who doesn’t love a good gallery wall? Well, maybe the walls don’t love it so much. But anyway, from the first time I started collecting pins a few years ago, a gallary dispaly has been my favorite way of arraning my pin collection. In my pin gallery, I love to mix different kinds of displays, textures, colors, and shapes that all work together. So if you are considering going for a gallery-style collection display, maybe commit to 4-5 colors, textures, materials, and shapes and the go for it. If you want to avoid putting a million nail holes in your wall for a gallery display, you can set pin boards up on top of furniture and shelves instead or use command strips for smaller collections that aren’t too heavy.
If the eclectic gallery look is not for you, not to worry. I have seen absolutley beautiful pin collections that use one type of display or one large display. There’s no right or wrong in choosing a pin display, only what’s right or wrong for you!
3. Befriend balance
I wish I knew this tip when I first started collecting. I often felt like it was the display that was making my collection feel chaotic, when it was really how I hap-hazzardly added the pins to the display. When I started really paying attention to some of the pin collection displays I most admired, I realized that I loved how they used symmetry to create balance and a pattern with the pins. And balance doesn’t necessarily mean a perfectly mirrored display of pins. It can mean having pins evently spaced between each other, centering a display with a large pin in the center, and sometimes it can mean going for a bit of symmetry using the center of the display to balance each side.