Updated: Sep 2, 2019
Do you have a love/hate relationship with your shelves? Do you enjoy dreaming about the potential of how it can look but struggle with actually getting it there? Accessorizing open shelves doesn't have to be dreadful, take months to get it just right or call for multiple trial and error trips to Home Goods. With just a few secret touches, practice, and the right accessories, anyone can create the shelves of their dreams, unique and tailored to their life and style!
Tip #1: Don't be Afraid to Layer Items and to Stack Them
The purpose of layering and stacking is to add depth and dimension which in return creates visual interest. Creating visual interest through height is a specific benefit from layering and stacking.
Break the rule of storing your cutting boards in a cabinet and let them lean. Same thing goes for any artwork that you just don't have the wall space to hang. When layering, the bigger item can lean in the back and the smaller item can sit in the front.
An opportunity to create the perfect height comes from stacking plates and bowls or even the books that don't have a place on your bookshelf.
Tip #2: You Must Not Forget Pops of Greenery and Intriguing Textures
One of the seven design elements is texture. Texture can be visual or tactile. When accessorizing shelves, aim to achieve both. Come on... Are your guest really not going to touch anything on your perfectly styled shelf?
And nothing adds life to a room like a flora! A few plants can wake up an entire space. I always recommend real because fresh flowers smell lovely and certain plants help purify the air, however if you don't have a green thumb, the realest looking fake plants will do.
Tip #3: Use the Power of Neutrals When Everything Else is Colorful
If you are styling shelves in a room with a bright paint color or colored accent furniture, tone done the color palette by using neutral accessories. This creates balance and ensures that your shelves don’t look too overbearing and mismatched. Our eyes are lazy and sometimes needs relief, so using neutrals and leaving some open space won't steer your guest away! You can even try styling entirely in neutrals for a look that feels sophisticated and timeless.
Continuing to decorate below and/or around your shelves is important and will give you a totally completed feel.
Evolve and don't stop when you're done. Let the space work as a living museum. Add new items and let go of others. And it may sound obvious, but the most important thing really is to display the pieces that you love most. Nothing is better than filling your shelves with the things that are important to you. Show off treasures brought back from recent travels, display your accomplishments, and finish it off with a bunch of things that you just plain like.
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