Monday, August 29, 2011

How to Style Your Shelves

Shelf styling is something I always work on... for me, it takes some time with editing. I have to look at it, walk away, come back to look again... it's a process for me. I think that beautiful shelf styling is an art and a beautiful way to express your personal style. There are so many ways to style shelves: the main focus can be for organization, or just a place to display treasures and finds. Here are some inspiring ways to style shelves, all via Pinterest.






I love the detail added to the last image- painting the back of the shelves a different color is a great way to add more style to the space and help to bring in an accessory color. It also allows the items on the shelves to pop against the different color. I also love the idea of adding a mirror or artwork somewhere on or inside the shelves. It's a creative way to add some different elements to the mix! I have also loved using the shelf space for extra pillows. There are so many gorgeous pillow fabrics out there that look like a piece of art. Why not display them where all can see! And here is my interpretation of shelf styling- these shelves are in our guest room. After some editing, here is where we are now-


What do you like to add to your shelves?

14 comments:

Oksana @ Order Matters said...

Love these arranged book shelves. I like to integrate books in various stacks with some photos, beautiful ceramic vases, and interesting book ends. What are we going to do when one day there will be no actual books?!

Anna@MyDesignEthos said...

I love looking at photos of beautiful bookcases but I love them even more when they look like they're used - i.e. there's books around that can be pulled out and read! Beautiful inspiration.

Ispirato Design said...

Great examples! I've been stopping and staring at my shelves a lot lately- I feel a re-style coming on :)

Stacy Curran said...

Great post! Cool idea storing the extra throw pillows on the shelves...never would have thought of it but love it!
Stacy

Katy said...

I love shelf styling too. It's always fun to play around with them. I love tiaras and crowns so I always display a bunch of them on mine. Great inspo!

Katy

Jessie said...

Great inspirations. I think the key to styling a beautiful bookshelf is to have various interesting objects of different heights, texture and shapes for an interesting mix!

Jessie
www.mixandchic.com

emily said...

What great inspiration pictures. And your shelves look great. I think layering various objects is key to keeping things interesting.

About Last Weekend said...

Love the library stair thingy, though I know my Cy and his mates would be swinging off it in no time...

Rene said...

Very inspiring! I think shelf styling is hard, but books help. Lot's of books.

Patti said...

I like to put "treasures" on my shelves--but it's hard for me to edit them. Love the photos. Maybe I'll paint the back of my bookcases dark gray. ummm

Carrie @ Hazardous Design said...

I have a little bit of everything on our built in shelves. I don't think I have them styled quite right though...I've been thinking about painting the back a different color than the walls.

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Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

I'm hopeless when it comes to styling my shelves. I like the way you hung a few items directly on the wall for added interest.

Patricia Torres said...

I simply love the use of ladders.. at home.. I've always wanted one. but simply haven't found the precise space. :-)

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