I’m always stying and decorating and rearranging things in my home. Do you do that too? There is one thing that usually causes home decor enthusiasts like you and me a little decor trepidation… shelves! Shelves can add so much interest and beauty to a home or they can make it look cluttered and busy. So what’s the secret to styling gorgeous shelves that enhance a room? I’m here to share my best tips for styling amazing shelves! You can do this!
Now let’s style those shelves.
Here are my new shelves…
Just one small unit in my living room!
So let’s start from the beginning. The first thing I do is shop my house for a bunch of pretty decor elements that would work together.
It’s important to compile a lot of options. I know it might be a little work gathering items or putting the ones that don’t make the cut away. But I promise you, lots of great items that work together will create a beautiful, cohesive, masterpiece!
These are just a few thing I gathered as candidates for the shelves. Yes, I bring together a lot of “things” to play with.
The best tip I share about styling shelves is to break each shelf down into two or three sections.
See not that hard!
Think of each section as a little vignette!
When I think of each shelf as a place to hold a few vignettes it makes styling the whole unit so much easier! So I begin. I knew I wanted to highlight the pretty inlaid box on the top shelf so I began there.
I wanted these shelves to look uncluttered and clean so I kept my little vignettes tidy. I also limited my color palette as well.
When I established each vignette I began to make a few adjustments. This is when it’s time to refine each vignette. I think of balance!
Look closely at the images below and see how I changed each vignette just a little until I thought the shelves were just right! The images below are just a small smattering of how I arranged and rearranged each shelf.
One big tip is to help create beautiful shelves is to take pictures with your smartphone. You can often see what is working and not working in an image!
And another thing I do is to take a break and do something else for awhile. Leave the shelves and come back later. It’s amazing what you see with “new eyes”!
I put my Daniel Kessler painting perched on the top shelf. I have to say I got some blow-back from some of you for moving this painting from over the sofa to the shelves. I love it here and it gives this area the height it needs. I’m still working on something for over the sofa. I’ll share that area of the living room soon!
So easy… SO remember…
- gather lots of options for your shelves from around your home
- divide each shelf into 2 or 3 vignettes
- create vignettes
- “play” or tweak and change the items on the shelves until you create a balanced look
- take pictures of your shelves
- when you are done leave your shelves and come back later with fresh eyes and make adjustments.
- do your happy dance! You did it!!!!
Now it’s your turn. Pick a shelf or any horizontal surface in your home and style something beautiful!
YOU CAN DO IT!
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