How To | Style Shelves
No matter if you just moved into a new home, recently bought a new piece of furniture or are freshening up your space – it seems that blank shelves for many might as well come with horns and fang teeth. For some reason they intimidate even the most savvy of homeowners – which is likely the reason why we get asked to tackle that project for people more than any other (hanging art is a close second).
We don’t want our friends to be intimidated by this task so we thought we would share some basic tips to “tame the beast”.
To start, you need to have great items to place on your shelves. Those items include: books, pottery, vases, glassware (this adds sparkle), metal (this adds shine), something living – greenery or flowers is always nice, and something a little funky to add personality. If you don’t feel like you have all the right items keep reading for our favorite links to shop for shelf-worthy treasures.
Oh and by the way, photo frames are always a great addition and most people tend to have more of those than anything else!
In the photo above you can see we started with some of the larger items that have visual weight to them. Here, we have taken the beautiful blue-green pottery and placed it on the bottom. Added the lighter and medium size pieces of pottery up top and filled in with the collection of smaller pieces on that second to bottom shelf.
Next we added the blue boxes for a pop of color (aren’t they the best?) along with some glassware on the left photo above. Notice how that glass pitcher and paperweight give just a bit of shimmer and reflection to the top shelves. And that greenery! Trust us on this one.
In walks Emily to add books to several of the shelves. Books are our go-to prop for almost any area in the home.
Our last step is to fill in the holes make any necessary adjustments to the placement of items to get them just right. Here, Emily has added a book to the bottom along with the gold orb that pulls out the gold in the items just above it. Think of it like running a ribbon among each shelf: each element should be repeated in some way, at some point. For example the blue is in both the boxes and the book spines. The gold is in the orb, the tips of those concrete vases and the paperweight, and so on…
Voila! Monster tamed to beautiful bookshelf!
For those of you who don’t have a prop room to pull amazing things for your bookshelves, you might want to consider shopping at some of our favorite retail spots for great book-shelf-styling props:
Target (bowls and gold tipped concrete vases)
West Elm (white box and glass pitcher)
Blue boxes by Mr. Brown
XO, Christi B