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Affordable Open Shelving with a Few Shelf Styling Tips

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!

Modern farmhouse open shelves

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.

modern farmhouse chippy vintage door

I wasn’t 100% sure my DIY botanical prints had found their home there. I decided I would swap them out and put them in our bedroom corner around the corner windows. I think they have finally found their home!

Now the question was; “what would I hang on the wall in it’s place?”

I decided on adding a few farmhouse style open shelves. While I’m at it, I’ll share a few shelf styling tips.

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I found these simple shelves from Walmart. I thought about making my own DIY pipe shelves, but for a little over $20, I couldn’t make them cheaper than that.

Affordable Open Shelves from Walmart

These shelves aren’t anything fancy, but sometimes I feel like less is more.

Affordable open shelving with a few shelf styling tips

I’m pleased with how this wall is coming along! Now for the good stuff;

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, 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.
Affordable open shelving with a few tips on shelf styling

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.

affordable open shelving with shelf styling tips
modern farmhouse office space with open shelves

I sure hope this helps you decorate a few open shelving spaces in your home.

If you are interested, here are a few sources:

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.


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  3. Kippi says:

    Stunning transformation from nice to warm and inviting office area. I adore that floor lamp where did you purchase it? Have a great week, Kippi #kippiathome

  4. totally awesome and useful tricks here .Thanks for joining in Boggers Pit Stop
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  7. Michele says:

    I am swooning over those corbels. I have been looking for a nice antique set to hold up a shelf over my fireplace. I love them on your shelf. #Pitstop

  8. candy says:

    I like the look and your style. Found you on Blogger’s Pit Stop Link Party

  9. Linda S says:

    Looks great – I enjoy viewing your decorating ideas for inspiration.
    I’m glad you shared this week on our Encouraging Hearts & Home blog hop!

  10. Mary says:

    Your shelves look great. I’m always restyling my decor. I call it “shopping my stash”. I love to move pieces around. They look brand new again

  11. Benita says:

    Love the shelves and styling! I also love that slider door! Hugs!

  12. Great ideas and such cute styling!

  13. Pat M. says:

    Much more interesting the new way – and the botanicals are perfect in the bedroom. What is the source for the floor lamp next to your little desk?