In order to create a cohesive and striking seashell display, there's one thing you want to keep in mind, and that is focus. If your seashell collection is randomly displayed, it can easily loose its importance, and might even come off as clutter. To quote Dorothy Draper again (see Coastal Collections), "Notice how groups of small objects, when they are well arranged, become important and effective." Well arranged can mean anything from sorting your sea shell collection by type, size, color, or even location.
You can't really tell by just looking at it, but the bowl above holds quite an exotic little seashell collection with finds from Zanzibar, Fiji, Maldives, and New Zealand. Seen at Sunset.
A three tier tray that is usually used for food items, now works great as a portable display. Found here.
A seashell collection featured on Decorating with Wire Baskets.
Even a tool box can be used to hold a seashell collection! Via I Love Shelling. Shared with Funky Junk Interiors.
A hand full of shells are lined up on a small wall shelf. Source no longer available.
Look for unlikely spaces! The seashell display on the shower stall ledge adds to the beachy feel of this bathroom, featured on Upholstering a Chair Coastal Style.
Here a non-functional fireplace is filled with seashells.
And speaking of fireplaces, a collection of rustic shells are stacked up on a mantel in a Florida Beach Cottage. This says easy and carefree living!
A small table is chosen to organize a grouping of beach finds. Seen in Martha Stewart's Seal Harbor Home.
Then, an elegant display of a group of large seashells by Mary McDonald Design. To create different heights, some shells sit on stands.
I love the idea of a seashell collection in a Display Box. And this is not your ordinary box. It's an aquarium!
And how about an antique aquarium! For fashion stylist Linda Rodin it was worth the hunt. Follow the link to view her extensive seashell collection, spread throughout her NYC apartment.
A Shadow Box frame filled with a seashells is elevated with an ornate picture holder.
Fillable Lamps provide a great space for a seashell collection! Via Ideezine.
Organizing and Displaying Shell Collections in Glass Jars is simple and beautiful. Seen at Country Living.
A great grouping sure makes for a wow factor!
Repetition is effective! Seen at Mondocherry.
To create a beachscape, simply arrange a seashell collection on top of beach sand, then add decorative grasses. Featured on Beach Style Summer Mantel Decor.
And not to forget cloches. They're so charming! Featured on Decorating with Seashells.
And this sweet hanging mason jar, featured on Pottery Barn Knock Offs may not hold a huge seashell collection, but it's very cute. You could hang a whole bunch of them!
Next up a few seashell display ideas to decorate your walls. An ordinary woven basket is upcycled into a wall tray that showcases a seashell collection in a very unique way. Shells are glued to the basket. Via Hometalk.
Also unique and creative! Drill Shells and hang them within a net. Original source unfortunately unknown.
Or take a scientific approach! To see and learn more about this great seashell display, read Beach and Sea Memories in Frames.
View a few Stunning Shadow Display Boxes, from antique printer trays to drawers, they're all great option to spotlight a beautiful seashell collection.
Or make Shell Art with your treasures! Follow the link for ideas how to frame shells and create a wall gallery.
If you were lucky and found a number of big shells, devote an entire bookcase or glass cabinet (below) to your treasures. From a dining room makeover seen at House Beautiful.
To see more amazing examples like this, visit Organizing Sea Collections in Glass Cabinets.
And here's another antique printer tray, turned into a Coffee Table!
And lastly, take your seashell collection outside. In Susan's Coastal Home on the Jersey Shore a shell collection greets you by the entry door.
Or top off a pot, featured on Seashell Garden Ideas.
As you can see, your beautiful seashell collection can be displayed in so many ways, and make for quite a visual feast!