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Ready to style shelves like a pro?
We have all ooo’d and ahhh’d over perfectly styled shelves in magazines and on Pinterest. Well, maybe I have. It is confession time, I have struggled with the process in the past. But, now I can say with confidence that I have shelves I am proud of! I wanted to share my version of perfectly styled shelves with you and also some tips that I have learned from a fellow blogger. I also spend alot of time studying home decor magazines. Oy vey!
Here are my tips for styling shelves and creating swoon-worthy vignettes.
Contrast & Cohesiveness
This is the perfect time to show off your collection of white dishes. I love the contrast of gray with white. The look is crisp, clean, and beachy. If you have the same color pieces such as white, make sure they are not all the same style. Even though the dishes are all white, let them have different shapes and textures to them. This will give your eyes a chance to wander around your shelves looking at the uniqueness of each piece while having that cohesiveness of the same color palette.
I have learned through trial and error that you need to start at the back and work your way to the front. Platters* work the best in the back because they add dimension to the space. I kept the platters white to stay cohesive, but yet their shape is different and they have softer edges.
The next crucial concept I learned was to layer. Everything looks better in decor when it is layered. It creates a ‘collected over time’ feel. You definitely want this ‘feel’ when styling shelves. The first layer doesn’t have to be much as I show above, but it adds another element in size and texture as well.
This is a key element. If I had all white dishes and nothing else in this space it would not be pleasing to the eye. The texture of the faux coral* gives the shelves more dimension and your brain says…’let me go touch it’. It plays to our senses. And notice that the coral is yet another layer.
Create a sense of warmth
The last thing you want is a sterile looking space. Which brings me to warmth. Wood. I love incorporating worn wood into my shelving displays. Again, it brings in that collected over time feel and another layer of texture. Space the wood pieces throughout the shelving. These collected pieces will also be conversation starters when entertaining or just reminiscing about those great flea market finds.
Another element I like to incorporate is stacking or vertical display. As you can see above I placed the old books for texture and warmth, then added a white compote on top. It is always good practice to make sure not to over do this element. Just keep it as simple as possible.
Finishing touches is the very last element before taking a step back and admiring your styled shelves! Finishing touches can be anything from a few vintage keys to a string of beads. It is that last layer with a few fun elements to bring it all together.
I hope this helps you style shelves the way you have always wanted. And, if you are crazy about white dishes like I am, check out the best decorating tip ever invented! There is definitely more eye candy where that came from, I assure you.
Let me know if you have questions or need assistance with your shelf decorating project. I am always here! Are you curious how the hutch looked before it was transformed? Feast your eyes on the before & after of the country chic cobblestone hutch!
Until next time,
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