Are you a die-hard Yankees fan? Then you probably have lots of sports memorabilia you’d love to display in your home. Don’t confine your team spirit to an out-of-the-way corner. Here’s how you can tastefully incorporate your New York Yankees decor anywhere in your home.
Decide What to Display
Although your instinct may be to put out every last coffee mug, bobblehead, and figurine, it’s important to limit what goes on display. Start by separating valuable items — rare baseball cards, for example — from inexpensive souvenirs. You’ll want to make sure these items are properly preserved to maintain their value.
Keep an eye out for anything vintage, like black and white photos. These items will give a sense of history to your collection and bring a classic style to any room.
Emphasize one-of-a-kind memorabilia, too. Do you have a picture with your dad from your first game? That’s definitely a keeper. Your collection will benefit from unique and personal items like this.
Remember, when it comes to displaying sports collections, a little goes a long way (especially in tiny NYC apartments). After you’ve sorted through everything and picked out what you want to put on view, put the remaining items in archival storage. If you have a particularly large collection, you can always rotate pieces in and out of your display.
Display Memorabilia with Care
Once you narrow down your collection, you’ll need to decide how to display it. First and foremost, avoid taping or pinning anything to the wall or randomly placing items around the room. The more thought and care you put into the presentation, the better.
Instead, invest a little money and purchase proper display supplies. Acrylic cubes comes in many shapes and sizes and are perfect for holding a signed baseball or a special mitt. Have your cards, tickets, and jerseys professionally framed using archival methods that will preserve their value. If you like attending batting practice and have a large collection of balls, show them off in large wire baskets or cylindrical glass vases.
Think about where you will display your collection, as well. Grouping everything together will look stronger and more cohesive than scattering items around a room. Bookshelves or built-in cabinets with doors work particularly well and will protect your memorabilia from dust.
A gallery wall is another way to make a big impression in a small space. Make sure to use similar matting and framing for a consistent look. Black frames with white mats have a timeless look that will never go out of style.
For more inspiration, check out Houzz, which has a huge gallery of rooms decorated with sports memorabilia.
Think Beyond Memorabilia
There are ways to show your team spirit without displaying memorabilia. For example, throw pillows with pinstripes will give a subtle nod to players’ uniforms. Think about how you can incorporate Yankees’ colors into your home, too. Why not paint your room blue and purchase a gray couch, or vice versa? You can even buy special MLB paint: Glidden’s Team Colors line includes Yankees blue and gray. Your imagination is the only limit.
With a little care, it’s possible to tastefully decorate your home with New York Yankees decor. Take your time and have fun with it!
Image Source: Flickr/Dennis Amith
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