Have you ever scrolled through Instagram or flipped though a magazine and wondered how they styled those bookcases or open shelves so perfectly? Well, I don’t profess to be an expert but I have learned a few tips by studying those beautiful photos. So to save you some time, I thought I’d share what I’ve discovered.
So let’s begin with taking everything out of the cabinet! I work much better with a clean slate! The first thing I need to do is find items that will not disappear inside the cabinet.
Secret no. 1 – Gather similar items together!
Collections make such an impression when grouped together. If you spread you collections around the house, they don’t add a lot of impact. I didn’t have enough of the blue transfer ware, so I added a few pieces of ironstone. I knew the white would really pop inside the dark cupboard.
I began styling by placing the larger pieces from my collection on the shelves. Remember to balance the weight of the pieces as you place them. You don’t want all the larger, heavier pieces next to one another.
Secret 2 – Mirrors
Secret no. 3 – books
Books are just a natural for styling shelves!. I love old books but if you have any books in your home, gather them and place them on your shelves. If you are not a book person but want to add books to your shelves, thrift stores sell used books really cheap. You can also deconstruct your books by removing the covers. I’ve also painted book covers. It really creates an interesting shelf when all the books are a matching color.
Books just add so many options and you know, they don’t call them bookshelves for nothing! LOL!
Secret no. 4 – Layer
These shelves are small and don’t allow for as much layering as can be done on larger bookshelves. You can use plates, coffee table books, larger mirrors, vases of flowers, candlesticks and much more to create several layers on the shelves. I begin by standing a plate, for example, at the back of the shelf, then I might add a vase or candlesticks in front of the plate. Use larger books, such as coffee table books. I stand them at the back of shelf with the cover facing out. This makes a great backdrop for a clear vase or slim candlesticks. Just be creative with this step.
Secret no. 5 – Vary the heights
I hope you enjoyed these 5 Secret Tips for Styling Shelves. Have fun refreshing your shelves this Spring and please let me know if you have any questions!
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