In Rob Southern's latest spread in House Beautiful he painted these chairs white but you can see on the back of them they have a carved coat of arms. The black and white contrast is gorgeous in this front hall.
Michael Smith found this extremely large coat of arms to put in the stairway of this California home. It definitely draws your attention upwards.
Like I said above, many stores have them as pillows. Even though it might not be your family crest, they still look important. By Joanna Poitier.
Christopher Coffin designed this elegant and traditional sitting room and put two small crests over the doors.
These are the most modern and daring looking coats of arms I've seen thus far. I just adored this entire spread from Elle Decor by Badgley Mischka. This room with the monogrammed pillows is so bold yet nonabrasive.
Monogramming has become so popular, perhaps it's time to go with something more subtle? An old family crest? I think one has to be careful not to use it in a pretentious manner-like all over the place. I still love monogramming, of course--it might be awkward if I put the Alicia B. family crest on an LLBean tote, right? One of my favorite crests is the Medici one HERE.