As us geeks grow up, we want our homes to have a more classy look. We try to get away from the curbside and thriftstore looks that many of us relied on in college to display our geeky stuff. When previously, I simply would have had a shelf loaded with geeky toys, now I want my geekiness to blend into a nice room layout with fancy, grown-up furniture. Okay, technically, that’s what my husband wants, and I like the idea enough to let him do it. Either way, we have worked over the last three or four years to show off our geekiness in ways that are almost indistiguishable from what a non-geeky house might have, that is, until you look a little more carefully!
Step 1: Frame Everything
It’s amazing what a nice black frame can do to something that wouldn’t ordinarily be framed. For instance, Penny Arcade strips.
People barely notice the crazy guy, or the tetris blocks. We also frame out favorite movie posters.
Step 2: Use Background Color Effectively
After framing, things look even better with a nice mat behind them or around them. A little DIY with some card stock or felt and you can proudly display things such as patches and trading cards with a professional look. For example, these lovely Stargate patches.
Also, even though it’s sports geeky and not regular geeky, my husband did something similar with his favorite Pittsburgh Pirates baseball player. However, you could totally do this with magic card or pokemon cards or a Munchkin card signed by Steve Jackson, just sayin’.
Step 3: Display Boxes Are Your Friends
Yup, that’s link. He’s made out of legos. Yes, I did that. Anyway, he’s also in a cool box hanging on our wall. This is a great way to show off simple lego creations or other things that are not flat. The boxes aren’t too expensive and I think we lined link with card stock.
Step 4: Use Photoshop Effectively
Lots of geeks take geeky photos. Well, use your photoshop skills to make those photos look artsy, then hang them (framed and matted of course)! I’m not sure there is anything that a nice sepia tone can’t make more awesome. This one was taken by Dawn of a local beach for my beach-themed bathroom (Jersey shore girl, you know).
Step 5: Space Things for Better Viewing
One of the things we learned about decorating was that you can’t just shove twenty things on a shelf. Sometimes, you have to pick and choose to spread things out and make them look nice. My husband has a great bobble-head and figureine collection, but right now we had to pick only about a third of it to display so that it didn’t appear cluttered.
Someday, when we have a bigger place, maybe we will have more shelf space and can put more stuff out!
Step 6: Buy Classy and Effective Storage Pieces
Geeks usually have a lot of electronics, which means a lot of controllers, wires, connectors, etc. We don’t like to have those visible to our general visiting audience, so we invested in a couple of really nice ottomans with storage space. Junk goes inside, and well, right now things a bit messy, but at least we can hide stuff away when we want to!
Now you’ve seen most of my geeky living room. What kinds of things do you do to make your geeky stuff more classy?