What to put in a living room display cabinet

You’ve found the perfect display cabinet that goes perfectly with your living room decor. Now the only question is “what should I put in it?”. You might already have some treasured possessions to hand but if you are searching for something new and different to show off your style, we have you covered. Using a world traveller theme for your living room display cabinet can give your room a museum or even a Victorian explorer feel while also giving you a chance to find some fun and unique pieces.

Remember that your display cabinets are your opportunity to inject your own personality into your living room. Whether it’s a glass display cabinet or an open one, there are so many opportunities for you to really put your own stamp on it. And you aren’t just limited to a glassware collection or a variety of ceramics (but of course, you can display matching ceramics if you want!). You can make your display cabinets just as unique as you are with some clever, inspirational, and simply beautiful pieces. If you’re stuck for display cabinet ideas read on for 50 great examples of items you can use.

50 World Traveller Ideas To Fill Your Display Cabinet

Animal Ornaments

If you’re an animal lover or someone who appreciates the beauty (snd sometimes humour) of our animal friends, including some animal ornaments in your glass display cabinet can help to give it some personality and make it feel alive.

See No Evil Astronaut Chimpanzee

The three wise monkeys are instantly recognisable and stem from ancient Japanese folklore. This “see no evil chimpanzee” is a quirky twist on a traditional item. It depicts Mizaru from the proverb, covering his mouth, but he is dressed in a retro astronaut suit, a nod to Ham the Astrochimp who was sent into space in 1961. This is a particularly terrific example of a modern twist on an old classic.

See No Evil Astronaut Chimpanzee

Hear No Evil Astronaut Chimpanzee

Of course, if you have one wise monkey, you will usually want to include the rest. This is Kikazaru, who hears no evil, covering his ears, also dressed in a retro astronaut suit.

Hear No Evil Astronaut Chimpanzee

Speak No Evil Astronaut Chimpanzee

To complete the set, you can include Iwazauru, who speaks no evil. Together, the three pieces will make that magic number to complement each other and the detail in each of them is intricate and detailed.

Speak No Evil Astronaut Chimpanzee

Gobi Statue

Bring a taste of the Gobi desert into your living room glass cabinet with this striking statue that is bound to catch the eye of any of your guests. It features four animals stacked on top of each other in an interesting arrangement, with an elephant on the bottom carrying a zebra on its back. Tucked in between the zebra’s front hooves is a tiny monkey and on top of the zebra is a baby giraffe.

Gobi Statue

Large Gold Crocodile Table Candelabra

If you are looking for the perfect statement piece to make a truly unique display cabinet, you can’t get much bolder than this large gold crocodile table candelabra. It is completely one-of-a-kind and its luxurious gold colour will ensure that it catches everyone’s eyes, whether it’s in the corner of the room or right in the centre. The candelabra fits three candles so it can be the perfect way of adding some soft lighting to your room in the evening.

Large Gold Crocodile Table Candelabra

Orion Standing Bear Figure

Bears have been an important part of most cultures’ spiritual history. They have been given a spiritual meaning that denotes courage, healing, and protection. And they are also a symbol of rebirth due to their ability to hibernate and re-emerge. There is something truly special about bears that we as a species seem to respect. This black resin standing bear figure will help you to bring some of that wonder to your living room.

Orion Standing Bear Figure

Orion Crouching Bear Figure

This crouching bear figure is the perfect companion to the standing bear figure but it also provides an equally striking arrangement when displayed on its own. It is also made from a dark black resin and the detail in the carving really helps to bring it to life.

Orion Crouching Bear Figure

Boho Crocodile Head Ornament

Ok, you might never have wrestled a crocodile, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have the opportunity to display a crocodile head in your display cabinet. This ornament looks realistic enough that it will catch everyone’s eye from your glass cabinet and no animals were harmed in its making. Definitely the best of both worlds!

Boho Crocodile Head Ornament

Gold Lizard on Crystal Ornament

This is such a fun ornament that gives off a quirky yet stylish feel. It depicts a gold lizard perched on top of a crystal ball with its tail circling underneath to create the base. A little bit mystical, this ornament is certain to pique the curiosity of anyone who spots it.

Gold Lizard on Crystal Ornament

Osteroy Grey Wash Sitting Stag

Stags give off a feeling of spirituality, power, and authority. And this grey-washed polyresin sitting stag statuette is carved to showcase the beauty of the animal right on your shelf. You could use it as a more subtle and thought-out Christmas decoration or use it to celebrate such a stunning creature in your glass cabinet all year round.

Osteroy Grey Wash Sitting Stag

Mandala Elephant Statue

Elephants are an important spiritual symbol of many cultures and the mandala elephant is a symbol of both Hinduism and Buddhism. It represents the individuals’ internal universe and, at the same time, the outer universe. This elephant statue is covered in mandala patterns to give a subtle yet powerful nod to the symbolism behind this beautiful animal.

Mandala Elephant Statue

Artificial Plants and Flowers

There is something special about including some hints of nature inside your home. But if caring for your own potted plants or flowers is something that doesn’t interest you, artificial plants can be the perfect solution for your glass cabinet (you could even add some trailing ivy if you’re ever feeling creative). And they can look incredibly realistic if you pick the right ones.

Ornamental Large Bonsai Tree in an Iron Pot

Bonsai trees are an important part of traditional feng shui design and they are thought to spread joy and contentment while also drawing life energy into the room. But growing and caring for a Bonsai tree can be time-consuming and difficult, which is why this ornamental faux version is the perfect low-effort alternative. And it will look beautiful in yuor glass cabinet.

Ornamental Large Bonsai Tree in an Iron Pot

Dry Look Palm Stem with 2 Leaves (3 pack)

And if you are looking for something to fill a vase that will add to your world travel theme, these dry look palm stems will work perfectly. They come in a three-pack and will add texture and a sense of the natural world to your living room. And because they are faux palm stems, you don’t need to worry about maintenance.

Dry Look Palm Stem with 2 Leaves (3 pack)

Glorisa Red Spray (3 pack)

Adding a pop of colour to your flower arrangement can help to make it stand out beautifully against the other pieces in your display cabinet. These artificial red sprays are made of polyethene and iron so are easy to maintain and will help to add a lovely floral touch to your living room glass cabinet all year round, even with the doors shut.

Glorisa Red Spray (3 pack)

Peach Peony Stem (3 pack)

This three-pack of artificial peony stems is in a beautiful peach colour with delicate and intricate details that will make it a perfect addition to any flower arrangement. Peonies represent love, beauty, and happiness and who wouldn’t want to add some of those feelings to their living space?

Peach Peony Stem (3 pack)

Pink Cherry Blossom Stem (3 pack)

Cherry blossoms have an important cultural meaning in Japan. They represent the fleeting nature of life, birth and death, and violence and beauty because of how short their life is. They are also a representation of spring and renewal and they have a delicate beauty. If you want to incorporate cherry blossoms into your living room for a much longer period of time, these artificial cherry blossom stems are the ideal addition to your glass cabinet.

Pink Cherry Blossom Stem (3 pack)

Potted Green and Pink Mixed Succulent

Succulents can breathe a bit of life into all display cabinets and help to fill them with a little bit of the outside world. But if you’re the opposite of green-fingered, you may want something with a little less maintenance. Or even no maintenance! If so, this artificial green and pink succulent is your new best friend. It will look super realistic on your shelf and comes in a beautiful grey resin pot and is sure to brighten your day.

Potted Green and Pink Mixed Succulent

Potted Fern Bracken Large

Maybe you want an artificial plant that has the wow factor. If so, this large potted fern should definitely be your next buy. It looks so realistic but with no maintenance needed at all and it is big, dramatic, and will look amazing in any glass cabinet.

Potted Fern Bracken Large

Pink Orchid with Ceramic Pot

Anyone with an eye for quality will appreciate this artificial pink orchid. Every single little detail is made to look as realistic as possible, from the beautiful pink colouring, down to the leaves at the stem, and even the soil in the ceramic pot. You will never need to care for an orchid again because this one looks exactly like the real thing.

Pink Orchid with Ceramic Pot

Small Glass Cactus

But maybe you don’t care about realism. Maybe you want your touch of green in your display to look abstract and fun, because why not? These small glass cacti are such a cute idea. They feature miniature cacti that look like they have just stepped off the set of a Wild West film encased in clear glass. Dotting this set of six around your display case will add a fun dimension that is bound to make everyone who sees it smile.

Small Glass Cactus

Vases and Pots

Choosing the right vase or pot can be just as important as choosing the right plants or the right glass cabinets. And there are examples that will suit every personality and every colour scheme so finding one that works for you should be no problem.

Marble Olpe Large Tall Vase

This hand-dipped ceramic vase has a white and grey marble effect which will add some glamour to your display cabinet. If you add flowers, they will pop against such a neutral background but, even on its own, it will make a striking addition to any arrangement.

Marble Olpe Large Tall Vase

Complements Primo Vase

This earthenware black and white vase with a striking tribal design will look great in a variety of different display cabinets. Its neutral colours mean that any floral arrangement that you place inside will pop and it can help to accentuate the other pieces that you have out on your shelves. It will also fit in perfectly with all world travel themed glass cabinets.

Complements Primo Vase

Large Geo Leaf Pot

If you’d prefer to get creative yourself with the plants in your display cabinet, you can’t go wrong with using this plant pot. It’s a big enough size for you to include a variety of plants (artificial or real) or larger plants and it has a gorgeous geometric raised leaf pattern all the way around. It’s in a neutral grey so your greens and other colours will stand out.

Large Geo Leaf Pot

Complements Bamboo and Shell Bottle Vase

This vase is so unique. It is made of bamboo with shell pieces stuck all over it at different heights and configurations to create a beautiful geometric pattern that almost look like coloured glass pieces and it will help you to bring some natural elements to your display while also looking modern and fresh. You can use this vase for your floral display and the colours will look amazing against the antique gold and black.

Complements Bamboo and Shell Bottle Vase

Complements Bottle Vase

If you want more of a symmetrical pattern, you can still get a gorgeous bamboo and shell bottle vase for your floral display. This version is patterned with a leaf design in browns and gold with a dark colour in between which will give you the beauty of autumn in your living room all year round.

Complements Bottle Vase

Fougere Clear Bottle Vase

A clear bottle vase is a simple, elegant, and classic way of displaying fresh flowers, seasonal dried flowers, or artificial flower sprays. The clear ribbed glass of this bottle vase allows your floral display to shine while also adding some extra light to your arrangement. And the thin bottleneck means that even singular flower stems will look their very best.

Fougere Clear Bottle Vase

Man-made Objects

Humans have made some seriously clever inventions and often they can be both attractive and intriguing. Choosing some man-made objects to include in your cabinet can look like you have some really special vintage finds.

Chrome Desktop Globe

No curio cabinet would be complete without a spinning antique globe. And this version has the perfect mix of an old-fashioned globe (which does spin as it should) and a chrome base to help reflect some extra light onto the globe and into your room.

Chrome Desktop Globe

Henderson Small Gold Lantern

The beauty of this lantern is that it allows you to unleash a little bit of your creativity. It is in a mesh design and has space for a candle so you can use it for some extra illumination or you could fill it with interesting objects to make it an interesting focal point.

Henderson Small Gold Lantern

Large Vintage Searchlight Clock

Not just a practical piece that will help you to see at a glance what the time is, this vintage searchlight clock is also the perfect vintage addition to any display cabinet. Made of antique-looking metal and presented as an adjustable searchlight, this clock will evoke images of seafarers of old.

Large Vintage Searchlight Clock

Spiritual Symbols

Inject some meaning into your living room by including some spiritual symbols that have personal relevance to you. Often, these symbols are made to be visually attractive and to create a certain emotion in every person that views them.

Manlai Buddha Statue Silver

This silver Buddha statue depicts Buddha at rest, and this depiction is usually found in areas of restfulness and meditation as a way of promoting tranquillity. And who doesn’t want their living room to be an area of peace and tranquillity? Placing this statue in your living room display cabinet will help to do just that.

Manlai Buddha Statue Silver

Myan Standing Figures Duo

These striking grey resin abstract figures depict a couple in an embrace. Whether you want to represent a romantic relationship or another relationship that’s important to you, or even if you just appreciate the strength and dignity of the depicted couple, this statue will stand out amongst the other pieces in your glass fronted cabinet.

Myan Standing Figures Duo

Complements Abstract Buddha Head

Buddha can be represented in a variety of different forms and they each can have their own meanings. The Buddha head on its own has a special meaning of knowledge and wisdom. This abstract version of the Buddha’s head gives it a contemporary feel while also retaining the meaning behind it.

Complements Abstract Buddha Head

Large Stone Effect Easter Island Head Ornament

The Easter Island Head statues are one of the most instantly recognisable statues in the world. They were originally constructed as images of important ancestors between the years 1250 and 1500 and they have captured the imagination of everyone who views them ever since. This replica stone effect Easter Island Head is ideal for filling awkward spaces that are crying out for something striking.

Large Stone Effect Easter Island Head Ornament

Large Freestanding Antique Silver Angel Wings Ornament

Angel wings are a striking symbol that can be full of meaning for many people. They are an image of protection and spirituality and, apart from that, they are also visually beautiful. These large freestanding angel wings are made of resin and painted with a stunning antique silver finish that will help them to shine when they are placed in your display.

Large Freestanding Antique Silver Angel Wings Ornament

Storage Pieces

If you are including trinkets or personal possessions in your display cabinet it can help to have some pieces dedicated to being a spot where you can group them together in an uncluttered fashion. And these storage pieces can themselves be an attractive and striking part of your shelves. You will never have to hide any of your favourite objects away in drawers again.

Aztec Brass Embossed Ceramic Large Bowl

This ceramic and metal bowl is both functional and attractive. It is handcrafted in an Aztec style and coloured a striking emerald on the inside with contrasting brass on the outside. You can hang this bowl along the back wall of your display cabinet to showcase its emerald colour and delicate patterning or you can place it on one of the shelves to hold whatever decorative items or more personal items you wish to place inside.

Aztec Brass Embossed Ceramic Large Bowl

Medium 30cm Grey and Silver Ginger Jar

Ginger jars were traditionally used to store expensive spices in ancient China and their iconic design has captured the imagination ever since. So you will now often see them being used as purely decorative objects, and this grey and silver version is a lovely example to add to your display cabinet. The neutral hues of the grey jar allow the abstract silver patterning to shine but it also has a practical use as storage for smaller items. This jar will help to give your display cabinet and your living room extra light while also helping to accentuate the rest of your pieces.

Medium 30cm Grey and Silver Ginger Jar

Small Glass Dome/Cloche on Black Wooden Base

Presentation can truly be key. If you have nostalgic ornaments or personal items that you think would benefit from the very best treatment, placing them inside this glass dome will ensure that everyone who sees them knows just how special they are.

Small Glass Dome/Cloche on Black Wooden Base

Set of Two Rectangular Aztec Black Mirrored Trays

You can think of these mirrored trays as clutter collectors that help to organise everything and make it all look that bit more deliberate. Not just a pretty tray, you can also use them as holders for a large scented seasonal candle, as well as a way of grouping items together. And as pieces in their own right, they are attractive and modern. The black metal frames are in a striking Aztec design and the mirrored glass inside will help to reflect extra light and add dimension to your display.

Set of Two Rectangular Aztec Black Mirrored Trays

Bowerbird Natural Large Trinket Box

It can be hard to know what to do with trinkets. On their own, they can be difficult to show off because they are so small or because they might be in odd numbers or sizes. But if your trinkets are some of your favourite things, you most likely don’t want them hidden away in a cupboard. This trinket box is the perfect storage solution to your problem. It is large enough to store more than just a few items and you can get it down from your display cabinet to look through your things whenever you want but hide them away the rest of the time. Best of all, its natural colour with striking blue arrow detailing makes it the ideal sneaky storage that looks great as an ornament in its own right.

Bowerbird Natural Large Trinket Box

Nature Ornaments

You don’t have to use just artificial plants to include some nature alongside the furniture in your home. Using ornaments that are inspired by nature can be a clever and subtle way of bringing a little bit of the outside world into your home.

Garda Large Aspen Decorative Pinecone

This decorative pine cone will add more neutral hues to your glass cabinet. It is made of stone with an antique white finish and has beautiful detailing from top to bottom. Whether you’re placing this pinecone alongside more colourful pieces to help them pop or if you’re going for a neutral co-ordinated hue look, this decorative pinecone will help to elevate your display.

Garda Large Aspen Decorative Pinecone

Large Decorative Nickel Plated Aluminium Leaf Platter

There is something truly special about leaves and this large leaf platter will make a striking addition to your collection. You can place it on its own, where its nickel plating will add some shine to your furniture, or you can use it to create a bit of organised clutter by using it to display some related ornaments or trinkets.

Large Decorative Nickel Plated Aluminium Leaf Platter

Complements Horn on Stand

Even if you’re not an explorer, you can bring some of the exotic wilds into your living room with this buffalo horn ornament. Set on a stand made of iron, steel, and wood, this buffalo horn has been coloured and engraved to make it look as striking as possible.

Complements Horn on Stand

Evi Antique Bronze Decorative Acorn

Bringing a touch of nature to your display can make all the difference, but if you want something a bit different than a few plants, this decorative acorn could be just the thing. It is handcrafted from ceramic with hints of stone and antique bronze as effective colour coding to give it a vintage feel. The attention to detail with the carvings will stand up to any scrutiny, so you will never get tired of it.

Evi Antique Bronze Decorative Acorn

Complements Feather on Stand Ornament

Feathers are so delicate and pretty. They give off a feeling of softness, lightness, and freedom. This feather ornament can give you a more permanent symbol of a feather and it is delicately and intricately carved. It is made of aluminium, iron, and mango wood and is coloured in a beautiful antique silver. This feather will never just blend in amongst your furniture

Complements Feather on Stand Ornament

Photo Frames

Sentimental photographs can make you smile whenever you look at them even if it’s a million times. And including them in your display cabinet can give it that truly personal and meaningful touch. An obvious tip is that finding the right photo frames to place them in can be key to showcasing the photographs while also making them a seamless part of your arrangement.

6 Photo Multi Frame

One of the best things about glass cabinets is that they aren’t just an opportunity for you to show your good taste and style, but they are also perfect for displaying treasured photographs. This six photo multi-frame set is made from mirrored glass to help your photographs to stand out and help to reflect more light into the room. You could also use them to display small pieces of artwork.

6 Photo Multi Frame

Kensington Townhouse Leopard Photo Frame

Leopard print just never goes out of fashion. And this leopard print photo frame will inject some whimsy into your display cabinet while also giving you the chance to put one of your favourite photos in pride of place. It is made of genuine leather and steel that contrast well with each other and help to highlight the leopard print.

Kensington Townhouse Leopard Photo Frame

Book Accessories

Just like photographs, books can hold a huge amount of sentimental value, and they are also a great way of injecting some personality into your display cabinet. If you don’t have enough books to fill a bookcase or you would like to include your books as part of a bigger collection, using bookends on a glass cabinet can be the perfect solution.

Arthur’s Bookends

For people who consider books the best way of decorating any home, adding some of your favourite reads to your cabinet is an absolute must. And finding the right bookends for your display books will help them to stand out. These Arthur’s bookends are a unique and different way of showcasing books. Made to look just like a pair of vintage shoe-stretchers, they will be the ideal way of displaying your favourite books while also staying with a vintage theme.

Arthur’s Bookends

Venus Bookends

If you want to highlight your love of books while also demonstrating your appreciation of classical art, these Venus bookends are the perfect opportunity to do so. They are a replica of the Venus de Milo, which depicts the Roman goddess of love and will be instantly recognisable to anyone who visits your home. They are made of polyresin so are both practical and a piece of artwork in their own right.

Venus Bookends

Abstract Ornaments

Abstract ornaments are designed to make people stop and think so including some in your display cabinet can give it that extra little edge. The whole feel of abstract ornaments will make your collection pop even before you open the doors to your glass cabinet.

Complements Damask Sculpture

Damask fabric has a long, rich history and has always been prized as a fabric that demonstrates refinement and elegance. One of the hallmarks of damask fabric is its beautifully woven scrolls. This damask sculpture takes all of these features of damask fabric and presents them in a unique, abstract, and modern way. It is golden-coloured, which serves to highlight its elegance, and it is simple yet luxurious at the same time.

Complements Damask Sculpture

Silver Abstract Figure on Black Stand

Do you have a passion for dance? If so, this abstract silver figure will allow you to showcase your passion in your own house. It depicts a dancer in motion in a graceful abstract style and has a shiny silver finish that will help to reflect light back into your room as well as catch the eye of your visitors. It is placed on a solid rectangular black stand that is sturdy and contrasts nicely with the silver of the figure.

Silver Abstract Figures on Black Stand

The Bottom Line

There is no reason at all why your display cabinets shouldn’t reflect exactly who you are, and you can definitely manage this without just including a range of clutter. Thoughtfully selected pieces that fit a theme will make your display stand out for all the right reasons and can tie your living room together in a truly clever way.

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