Is it just me or do y’all swap all your pictures and decor around until you find just the right spot for it? It seems to take me a few tries, but when I find the perfect place for something it makes my heart happy! I know that sound silly. Tell me you know what I mean? LOL. I share this because I’ve recently swapped a few things around and now I’m really happy with the newly decorated corner in our living room. I added some affordable open shelves. I also figured I would share a few shelf styling tips while I’m at it!
I don’t know if you remember this space from a previous post when I wrote about hanging the old chippy door. This is what the space looked like.
Now the question was; “what would I hang on the wall in it’s place?”
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These shelves aren’t anything fancy, but sometimes I feel like less is more.
I’m pleased with how this wall is coming along! Now for the good stuff;
A few tips on how to style open shelves.
Styling open shelving is similar to styling any sort of ledge. I wrote about a few ways to style a fireplace mantel HERE, and the principles are exactly the same.
- Always keep your shelf balanced. What I mean is if you have a large item on the right, counterbalance it with an item with similar weight on the left
- For some reason, groupings of three always look great together.
- Add items with different textures
- Add items with varying heights
- Try to coordinate colors. Don’t use more than 3-4 different color groups as it might start to look like clutter and not a styled shelf.
For my open shelves, I’ve chosen a color palette of greens, muted blues and a few natural brown colors. I’ve tried to tie it all together by blending the blue in the chippy door, the blanket, and the chippy corbels. You can see the browns in the desk, the tobacco basket, and wood tones. The greens are obviously from the greenery.
I sure hope this helps you decorate a few open shelving spaces in your home.
If you are interested, here are a few sources:
- Black Industrial Floor Lamp
- Tobacco Basket
- Vintage hobnail milk glass
- Boxwood tree small plant
- Boxwood wreath
- Open Shelves
A few related posts;
- Modern Vintage Style Chair Makeover
- How to Strip Furniture the easy way – vintage desk
- A Home for my Chippy Door
Thanks for stopping by guys. I hope you’ve found this post useful and informative! As always, let me know if you have any questions.