On the weekend I embarked on re-styling my bookshelf at home. It was looking messy, untidy and not at all the casually stylish storage I had intended!
What I learned was that styling shelves is a tricky and often overseen task in most peoples homes, but done properly its very effective.
Below are my top 5 tips on how to succeed:
1. Don't overcrowd it. The key to a well executed shelf is in everything that is NOT there. Most people could probably halve the content on their shelves to make room for some negative space and airflow.
2. If you don't love it - don't display it. Chances are there are things in your bookshelf that doesn't look that great. If you don't love it, it shouldn't be on show so store it in the cupboard instead.
3. Pick your colour scheme. And stick to it. As you can see on the images below most items on display are in the same neutral tones. Whilst covering all your books in brown paper may be a bit far fetched for some, ensuring you don't have too many bright colours will make the styling look more uniform and relaxed.
4. Cluster your objects. Decorative items look great grouped together. Rather than spacing things out evenly, group your objects ( preferably of varying height) in clusters and leave the rest of the shelf blank for impact. Objects such as jars, bottles and candlesticks are great for this.
5. Add a plant. There is nothing that brings a shelf to life more than a simple plant. Add a bunch of fresh flowers, a single leaf in a bottle or a humble succulent.
See the below perfectly styled images for inspiration.
Do you have any other tips on how to create a magazine worthy shelf? I would love to hear some more ideas!