4 Tips for Styling a Shelf Like a Pro
September 8th, 2022
You've just bought a new shelf, and now you're staring into empty rows.
Sound familiar? We're here to help!
There a million ways to fill your shelves depending on your personal style and what you want for your space!
Check out one example from this transformed Home Library in a traditional home in Santa Monica.
We gave this room a fresh look by removing the wall upholstery and replacing it with a fresh coat of white paint, new drapes and fabulous new Kelly Wearstler sconces. But we still made sure to maintain the coziness that our client loves about the space!
Here a few tried-and-true tricks we used that you can follow too...
1. Try cluster grouping!
These shelves were previously loaded with old law volumes. Our client was happy to remove them as the room transitioned into a more of a Sitting Room.
2. Shop for more contemporary accessories.
Adding in some lighter colors and sleak lines helped us be sure we didn’t slip back into the heavy traditional feeling of the dark bookcase.
The mix compliments nicely and the shelves are now full of meaningful photos and objects.
3. Reflect yourself by putting yourself first.
Remember, it’s your home and your "shelfie"!
If you have a family photo, frame it larger and place 3 objects on the shelf surrounding it to make it stand out.
4. Stack 3 books sideways with a candle or sculptural item on top!
This technique can hold its own on a single shelf.
You can also add a collection of multiple (5 or more) similar pieces - such as these options from West Elm - all along the top shelf/shelves of the bookcase to make the space feel cohesive and purposeful.