Shelf Styling: Step by Step Guide to Styling your Shelves

Step One: Asses and clear the space you are styling. Before rushing out to buy lots of new items for your shelves, first assess the space you have. What height and width are they, can you adjust them or are they fixed and what does your backdrop look like behind them. By assessing the shelves it will give you a better understanding of the kind of items you may wish to buy or what you might already have. As you know from my instagram I am a big fan of using items that represent you and your life story. So any items you have that you have collected on your travels or photos that you love should definitely be displayed here.

Step Two: Decide on a colour scheme that works with your room. There are plenty of options here, neutral tones, pastel, bold etc. Decide which you love the most and what works best with your interiors. If you have a neutral backdrop and want to change things up, this is where you can begin to add a colour scheme into your interiors without having to repaint your walls.

Step Three: Gather your styling objects, start by having a look around your home for things that you want to display. Then you can go out and purchase additional items that fill the gaps. These need to fit the colour scheme you have chosen, they can be photos, ornaments, vases, trays, books, art, candles etc. Place them in a pile and try and look for a variety of items differing in size, shape and texture. Try and find items that create visual interest and that will draw your eye in lots of directions. Less is not more in this case, the more items you have the more visual interest you will create.

Step Four: Once you have collated all your items, place the larger items on the shelf first. You can go for a symmetrical look and place larger similar items such as vases either end of your shelf or stack books vertically in the middle of your shelf. Next build your layers, such as laying books or magazines or use a decoration tile or tray to sit smaller items on top. Using items that stick to your colour pallet or theme makes the styling look more cohesive.

Step Five: Next add in your medium sized objects in-between the larger items. You should now start to see a nice combination of widths and heights. Make sure none of your items that are the same height and width are placed next to each other. Unless they come as a pair or are a set. You want to vary the items that take up different amounts of space horizontally and vertically because we want to create variety and visual interest remember.

Step Six: Finish off with the smaller items to fill in any gaps or layers to add varying heights. Let the space dictate the size and shape of the object you use. Try not to use too many smaller items clumped together, otherwise it can look messy and cluttered instead of curated.

Step Seven: Light, it is so important to add lighting to your shelving you can do this by using candles, a table lamp, neon wall light or a homemade creation. I love designing lighting, I have lots of my homemade creations at my house in Kent. I make them from old hats and teapots and place them on my shelves to highlight specific areas. I have all my side lights connection to a dimmer switch in my lounge they all come on together.

Step Eight: Have fun! There are no rules to this, add whatever you like as long as it brings you joy. Move things around to your heart's content, just make sure the colour pallet is similar and you have a variety of items that create visual intrigue of all shapes and sizes.

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