Photo Gallery: Rock Display Ideas
Inspriation for decorating with nature.
Take full advantage of the lingering days of summer by propping open doors for a breath of fresh air. A small tower of found rocks does the trick and brings a little of the outdoors inside. Dress them up by decorating them with a single stripe of leftover gold paint.
Use rustic bowls, glass jars and ceramic cups in organic colours to turn collections of river rocks and driftwood picked up along the shoreline into decorative curiosities. Group them together on a slab of marble, wood or slate in containers of different sizes, heights and shapes to create a dynamic display that shows off their outdoorsy beauty.
Design editor Sally Armstrong placed a large, light grey rock on her shelf to keep her books upright. Adding a stone bookend is not only functional, but adds a soothing, organic touch to an area overwhelmed with colourful covers or bold typography.
A black Martha Sturdy tray corrals a group of sweetly sentimental heart-shaped rocks found by the designer’s grandchildren along the shore of her B.C. home. The open, casual display makes them easy to pick up and handle.
A collection of beach rocks is elevated when placed in clear glass apothecary jars. Add stacks of books and this treatment is an inexpensive way to add colour and dimension to a mantel vignette.
Take a page from nature’s palette: clay reds, pale greens, blacks, whites and speckled pinks mix together in a Martha Sturdy bowl. Sturdy collected these stones on the property of her Preston Island, B.C. cottage, and the hues no doubt serve as reference points for her own nature-inspired designs.
Looking to add an instant beachy note to decor? A display of skimming stones in a shallow dish conveys a lakeside vibe. Use other natural accents such as coral and a seagrass rug to complete the cottage vibe.
Artist Don Standfield filled a raw wood stump with smooth fieldstones to create this intriguing sculpture. Standfield’s work evokes Canada’s natural landscape, especially Algonquin Park, the Canadian Shield and the boreal forest.
Play up natural textures that are plucked from the forest. The smoothness of pebbles contrasts a striated birchbark box.
Place a handful of decorative rocks on an stump table for nonchalant look. Canadians stamps and birchback set a distinctly Canuck tone.
Anchor a collection of pillar candles with smooth pebbles (here’s the bonus, it will protect your mantel from any wax drippings). Randomly arrange candles of different heights to avoid a look that’s too formal.
For a low key “floral” arrangement, prop a branch in a vase of stones. In the living room of Tina and David Tymchuk’s Ottawa home, the neutral colours complement the clean, airy modernism look of the room.
Haven’t had a beach vacay? Bags of pebbles and shells can be easily sourced at craft and dollar stores to mimic tropical keepsakes, just place on weathered tray for a sun-soaked vignette.
Smooth pebbles can be easily customized as placecards or mementos for your next outdoor dinner party. Simply write guests’ names in a metallic marker on small rocks.