In one of the stores, I was seeing a lot of brown antique shadowboxes. I know that my mom uses them in her decor as backdrops or wall displays. I wanted to learn more about them but I didn't come across much while googling.
Here's the juicy part anyway, making a display lovely...
image (Please look past the dresser.)
I found this picture I took at Christmas of my mom's display. Sorry for the glare.
These work great as focal points above a dresser or hutch. Make sure to add a few feminine pieces with it so it doesn't overwhelm itself in heavy, masculine brown. A glass vase, fresh flowers, or pretty plate may help. Differing heights in objects also makes it more appealing to the eye.
Ta-dah! Now you have something to look for while antiquing.