Who doesn’t love a good #shelfie? When you look up at your big empty shelves or even a set of floating shelves, it can feel overwhelming and is often difficult to know how or where to start. You might be thinking, “how do I arrange everything to look good? how should I group items together? should I arrange by size or by color?” If you’re anything like me these are the types of questions that keep you up at night. But I’m here to provide you with a few tips to crush your shelf decorating nightmares.
The first and most important step is to get rid of any clutter, ditch anything that you no longer use or honestly do not need. A good way to think about it is the more items you have on a shelf, the less of an impact each individual item is going to make. Some pieces are large and dramatic enough to stand alone on a shelf. Having a few small decorative objects, you love is okay but make sure to mix all decor and throw out the items that you don’t really need. Less is always better in my opinion!
Whether you’re a big reader with tons of fun novels or if you are anything like me and you just have a few favorites that you use for styling, books are always an easy shelf decorating must have. Group your books into small stacks and position them both vertically and horizontally. Grouping by color is another method, but in my opinion it’s better to mix it up and use different colors. Now we are not trying to display a whole library – we are just using a few fun objects to jazz up a boring shelf. Also, you can use my best cheating trick and use you books to add height on your shelves by stacking objects on top – it’s a game changer!
Balance and visual weight play a big part in getting your dream shelves right. Large pieces can definitely stand by themselves while smaller items should be grouped. Your shelves should also have symmetry. Put a pair of your favorite dishes on your shelves and pair them with a set of cute mugs. I mean look at the way the staging team balanced these shelves!!
Add some life to your shelves and finish them off by adding in your greenery. If you are anything like me, you want to add more plants than you need. This is a great time to complete the balance of your shelves with house plants, whether real or faux (mine are usually faux, I can’t keep a plant alive to save my life). Plants add that finishing touch you are looking for, whether it’s a simple succulent or a small snake plant. In my opinion plants on a shelf are the secret to make them pop! Just look at the photos above and below for some inspiration!
Now it’s time to blend everything together. Mix together texture, size, and tone. Take a look at these shelves as an example. Move things around to see how they look in different places and take time to play with different groupings. The best tip I can give you is odd numbers tend to look better.
That’s it for today in shelf styling. The honest trick to getting you perfect #shelfie is spending the time to style and edit until everything falls into the place you want it!! I hope you have learned a thing or two about styling your own shelves and also got some new styling inspiration from us here at Ventura. We are always changing up the way we style our shelves in all of our homes so make sure to follow along for our latest styling trends!! – Happy styling