This is what our wall looked like for the first few months we lived at our house. Pretty Lame.
I bought a few vases from CB2 and popped some callas into them and called it a day. Or three years. Double lame.
I guess I wasn’t the only one that noticed this sad, sad wall in my house because my in-laws bought us a sweet ladder shelf for this very spot. So the issue of the lame wall was solved because now I had something to put there, but now I have to find stuff to fill the shelves with. I am no pro. By any means of decoration. However I did however feel a certain sense of accomplishment when I actually liked the way I styled my new shelves. Here are a few guidelines that helped me along the way.
Choose a color scheme. I peeked at my pinterest boards to see if there was a common color palette I tend to gravitate to. Turns out I really love neutrals with a pop of refreshing green. Keeping the colors somewhat limited, you create a sense of unity in the overall look. Objects that don’t necessarily “go together” will look right if they fall into the chosen color family.
Layer shorter things in front of taller things. This creates a sense of depth. Also, I just like the layered look. It adds a bit of complexity. Just like layering a tank under a belted cardigan, it tends to look more though out and complete.
Use books to serve as pedestals for smaller objects. Varying the height of the items on your shelves creates interest. You can find cheap books at tag sales. Group them by color, size, spine facing out or in. Work those books baby! They’re the most underused items for shelf arrangements.
Start with the largest items first. Try to disperse them evenly. Next add in the medium sized pieces, followed by the smallest. Keep messing around with the placement of your objects until you’re satisfied.
How do you style your shelves at home? Got any good pointers? Share them here 🙂
Click here to view this before and after post on how to pair down your wardrobe and maximize closet space: