6 Tips to Style a Shelf Like A Pro! By: Vanda Di Michele

Tuesday May 19th, 2020

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6 Tips to Style a Shelf Like A Pro!

Everyone has a unique story to share!  This can often be found with what we choose to collect and display in our homes.  Styling a bookshlef is one way to display all the wonderful items and pieces, that you might have collected over the years, in a beautiful and personal way.  Styling a shelf can be quite challenging, but with these six tips, you'll easily be able to glamourize any bookshlef in your space, like a pro!

Tip#1: Choose a colour pallet.

An attractive shelf is a wonderful design element to any room.  The key to making it decorative and beautiful, begins with choosing a consistent colour pallet  Colour creates a mood and certain tone to your shelf.  Plus, it makes your job easier when collecting items to display!  Consistency is key!

Tip #2:  Grab your books!

This seems like an obvious choice, but it is essential to establish a homey and natural feel to the shelf.  This doesn't necessarily mean you should clutter your shelf with books.  Be mindful of the ones you pick.  They may correspond with your chosen pallet, they might have sentimental value, or you might read them often  Don't be afraid to play aroudn with how you display them by varying the sizing horizontally and vertically.

Tips #3: Gather the items to display and organize them.

Now comes the fun part!  This is your chance to display all htose items you've collected over the years, in a creative and engaging way!  Gather things that represent you and organize these items in threee different categories; funtional, sentimental and organizational.  This will help you scatter your items aroudn the shelf, to create variety and personality. 

Here is a helpful list of items to search for:

  • Knick Knacks
  • Pictures
  • Artwork
  • Baskets
  • Vases
  • Trays
  • Decorative cups
  • Candles
  • Plants

Tip #4: Start big!

Start with the large items.  This will get those out of the way for when you begin to layer up later! Throw symmetry out the window and get creative.  The key with big items is staggering them.  Placing them at the back will hlep anchor the shelf and leave room for the other amazing pieces you want to show off!

Tip #5:  Layer up! 

It's time to add in smaller objects onto the shelf, this part can be the most challenging.  Don't get discouraged and don't be afraid to experiment.  Continuously move things around and try them out in different places, until you find the best spot!  The most important thing to remember is to make sure your story is being represented in the most creative way possible.

Tip #6:  Add life!

Bring your shelf to life by including pictures of family and friends, and greenery.  These two things will bring personality and texture.  Natural elements, like plants, add texture to avoid a flat, dull and bland look, giving it the "WOW-factor" you want!