It’s almost spring! That means time to clean and refresh 🙂 Today’s post is short and sweet. I’m giving you my top five tips for styling your shelves! Our goal is always to make things simple for you. We’re excited to show you how easy it is to give your home a stylish, new look this season. We wanted to share a fun little project we just completed, where we helped our clients style some shelves in their gorgeous living room. Studio McGee for Target’s Spring collection was our primary source for décor.
With the sun starting to make a regular appearance, what better way to start transitioning into spring than by sprucing up your shelves with some fun, new accessories? By mixing natural materials, modern silhouettes and contrasting colors, I gave these show-stopping shelves some personality. Layering is KEY to making large shelves look intentional and not an afterthought. You want to tell a story with your shelves — a collection of personal items that have a cohesive look and just make you … happy!
Here are My Simple Go-To Steps for Styling Shelves
Start with larger items, such as baskets or larger pieces of art or prints, and display them on shelves in a zigzag pattern (top shelf: large piece is on left, middle shelf: large piece is on the right, and lower shelf: it’s back on the left). This way, your eye flows smoothly from shelf to shelf. With this technique, you’re able to give the area a cohesive look. This technique grounds each shelf as well — if that makes sense? Ha!
Speaking of smaller items, I think that vases are beautiful for filling in the gaps. (Style tip: for larger shelves, I typically like to pair vases — either two identical ones, or one big and one small). They give the shelves another ‘layer’ to the larger pieces. Try experimenting with different arrangements of sizes, shapes, and colors/textures to decide which suits your style best, while also adding a contrasting element.
Books! Large cocktail books are your friend when it comes to styling bigger shelves. They are particularly effective when it comes to these types of shelves because their size simply speaks for themselves. Plus, the bold colors and beautiful covers can make the space a bit more vibrant and interesting. Not to mention, they can be great conversation starters!
Go for the greens! Whether faux or real (my personal favorite), bring any room to life with some succulents or pots of moss. But let me warn you, potted plants can be a full-time responsibility. For those who have trouble keeping them alive, I recommend some dainty dried flowers to add in your vases. There are also many good faux stems to try. Check Alfloral — I’ve been very impressed by the quality of their faux flowers and greenery.
Lastly, add small architectural elements like antlers, favorite kids’ pottery projects, book ends and/or small vintage ornaments. These are perfect for stacking on top of books, and they complete the shelving ensemble. They also help give the space a more unique and personalized charm. Checkout your local antique store or flea markets to find great second-hand steals.
CLOUZ HOUZ TIP: Organize the clutter! Add some baskets or decorative containers for holding remotes, blankets, pet toys, and other miscellaneous items. This idea pulled the shelves all together and made the room feel more cozy. Consider it a life hack for tricking your guests into believing you are always this tidy!
OK, so there you have it! Whether you’re looking for a few statement pieces or just a couple of small accessories, you can find all the items you need to create your perfect look. We hope this helps inspire you and get your creative juices flowing. Below is a list of items that we used for styling this project. Happy shopping, and tag us if you style something utilizing these tips — we want to see your handiwork!