In honor of it's homecoming, the antique hutch received a little primping. Now he's in his Sunday best--a new coat of polish and wax. And his five shelves hold pretty little objects, like gleaming rings on all five fingers. But before I go off and get too poetic on you, let's get down to the meat and potatoes of this post: styling shelves.
Have you ever tried to style your bookshelves? It's kinda tricky business but I love doing it. Something about the process is totally satisfying to me--it's like a puzzle and I love puzzles.
Here's what I did this time:
With these three items in mind, I rummaged through our books and decor for blue, black and gold. A few arm-loads of stuff later, the new bedroom floor was littered with the gathered treasure.
Note my order: books, larger decorative items, smaller decorative items. I pretty much follow this order every time. I'm not sure how I ended up deciding it's my preferred method, but it works well because I'm adding things in layers, building up the shelf from largest to smallest. It's kinda like how I choose my jewelry after I've picked my outfit. The big stuff comes first.
- Use objects that you love and say something about you. Items you like create arrangements you like.
- Stick to a color family for cohesion.
- Vary the amount of stuff on each shelf. Some should be sparse with lots of breathing room. Some, more full.
- Think about the balance and proportion of the over-all layout. Where's the closest object of the same color? How are the books arranged above and below it? From what angle will the shelf be primarily seen?
Before you know it, your shelves will be basking in the glory of their new stylin' selves.
What do you think? Do you "style" your shelves or just fill them with books? What are your tricks for making an interesting display? Time to spill it!