Ever stare at your shelves, wall unit or mantles and say to yourself something's missing?
I know I have, especially if your a seasonal decorator. So today I'm here to help on where to start. It can be overwhelming to search Pinterest or magazines but it can help give you inspiration.
I always find it's the little things that are the hardest to finish off. Now before you go out and buy new things, shopping around your home is a good start! Moving around objects & accessories from other rooms can give a whole new feel to a room. Even make it feel new, and say what? you spend nothing! Yes please. If all else fails or you REALLY want a specific look, you can still find or create it on a budget. Start by looking in Wal-Mart, dollar store, thrift stores, flea markets, antique markets and even garage sales. You can find things pretty cheap and you can even find unique things you didn't even think of!
Include meaningful possessions, it sparks memories and conversations. Plus it makes it feel more like home and a space for YOU. There's no right or wrong way to style a shelf. Follow a guide line or put a game plan in your head of what you want it to look like and go to town!
Things to include;
- Plant life - either fake if you don't have a green thumb (like myself) or real
- Books - vintage or normal
- Vintage tea cups
- Frames & Photos
- Shoes - a beautiful or favorite pair of heels why not? (I saw this on City Line and I loved this idea)
Anything you can think of! The list is really endless, think outside the box anything goes.
Create a theme or style you want or was inspired by. Pull things that suit that style together. Look at colors & textures, if you want it symmetrical or asymmetrical. Keep it streamlined with your home, for a flow throughout keep the same colors or accessories. It's ok to have negative space, don't go to crazy as then it may feel overwhelming.
If you do have large collections or have a lot to display there are still ways to display everything that won't look cluttered or cramped. Here is some spaces for inspiration & ideas to help;
Stacking items - like books, trinkets, artworks etc.
Balance - bursts of the same color in sporadic areas will keep it uniformed, or the same theme throughout your home.
Color & Texture - choose a theme or make a color palette, if your not afraid of color and you want to add a few different colors I say go for it! Add in lots of texture for interest & appeal.
Bringing Nature In - bring nature inside, add flowers to a vase or a little succulent/plant trust me it will make all the difference.
Add height - stack books vertically & horizontally, placing plants & statues on tops of books etc.
There really are no rules just guidelines, to help you get started on the right track to achieving the look you want. Remember if you like it then do it, you don't have to follow every trend or thing you see. Embrace your own style and techniques it will help to design a space that feels and is your own.
How do you style your shelves? What accessories or family heirlooms do you use? Do you do something I haven't mentioned?
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