Are you a decorating enthusiast like me? If you’re not sure, answer these questions… do you love blogs, magazines, and books about decorating? Do you change up things like pillows, vignettes etc seasonally? Are you on the lookout for new decor inspiration? If you answered yes to these questions, you are a decorating enthusiast. Today I want to inspire you and show you how to change up your open shelves (or any flat surface or hutch or built-in shelves) to give them a summery look… and you don’t need shells or starfish or sea glass or netting to do it.
One of the best diy projects we did here at StoneGable was installing open shelves in our breakfast nook. In a home that is 20 years old they add a big punch of on-trend styling. Bobby and I (and when I say Bobby and I, I mean Bobby) planked the wall behind the open shelves to give our home a new, fresh look! They were easy to create…see post and directions HERE.
Decorating open shelves has been both a joy and a challenge. Creating the right balance between proportion, height, texture, not enough, too much and way too much was a learning curve! But FINALLY, I feel I have struck a design that feels right to me!
To see a tutorial about how to decorate shelves or a hutch that strike that perfect balance click HERE. A must read for all of us who struggle with decorating shelves! Here’s an image from the post…the image will make sense when you read the post.
Some summers I feel a beachy vibe and other, like this summer, I’m not in such a beachy mood! We don’t need to decorate with beach-inspired accents to make our home summery.
This summer I decorated with a contrast of twiggy organics and galvanized metal and white ironstone! The look is a little farmhouse… a little industrial… a little fresh from the garden.
I don’t change the shelves each season, I just add and edit a few pieces. Although these shelves are not overtly summery, a few summery elements go a long way to giving a nod to the season. This is a great thing to remember as you decorate!
Instead of using plates as a background I used oval willow charges (Decor Steals). The are organic and dark and make the white ironstone pop!
A few more galvanized metal pieces were added for the summer. My favorite is the galvanized vase holder with the white ironstone milk bottle vases! Right now Lantana is growing like weeds around my home so they are in the three little vases. Adding garden flowers makes the neutrally decorated open shelves look a little more summery.
I brought back the metal cake pedestal as it works well with the galvanized metal on the shelves. I found this piece at World Market and it’s one of my favorites! Right now it holds a stack of dishes and bowls.
I think it’s important to vary heights when decorating shelves! Pedestals and cake plates are amazing to use as risers!
Speaking of risers, isn’t this small galvanized cake pedestal just grungy enough to be gorgeous? A tri of different size cake pedestals came from Decor Steals.
Notice most of the pieces like the soup tureens and bowls have dishes or platters under them. Those layers add lots and lots of interest!
Our chestnut bar sits under the shelves and I use the top of our bar as another shelf, of sorts.
I picked the flowers early this morning and put them in a white ironstone pitcher. The big galvanized tray (Antique Farmhouse) is another favorite.
I’m most comfortable with decor that has some symmetry. It looks neater and more organized to me.
It takes some “playing” to find the best balance for shelving. I spend a good deal of time adding and editing, rearranging, standing back and studying the overall look with a critical eye and moving items again… and again!
Then I usually walk away for awhile and come back later with a fresh eye! If needed, I do the process all over again!
Once you get it right…you will know! Can you see why I don’t totally makeover my shelves for every season?
If beachy is not your thing for this year, try an organic, industrial, farmhouse look! Yes, it’s a little different for the summer but you just might love it!
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