Styling shelves are something I enjoy doing. So, I am REALLY excited about this latest Project Design with regulars Rough Luxe and Most Lovely Things and two other favorite designers…Design Indulgence and Driven By Decor!!!
Thanks for visiting if this is your first time here! Here are my 10 easy steps to decorating shelves.
STEP ONE Empty all the shelves (might as well dust while you are at it). This is very important. Then, put all your accessories on your dining room table or floor.
These are our bookshelves BEFORE we moved in…
STEP TWO Make the shelves more uniform like I did here. I left some space for larger items, but they are the same on the right and left. Sometimes you have to remove some shelves.
STEP THREE (OPTIONAL) Paint or wallpaper the backs of the shelves. (Mine are painted, Benjamin Moore Sterling).
Now you are ready to go!
STEP FOUR Layer art or larger family photos at the back of shelves.
Note: Those books turned backward are really more like props for texture. My favorite design books are turned around to see the titles. And we have lots of our favorite hardbacks with visible titles on shelves in the guest room. I share my paperback books with others (the good ones) so I don’t keep them. And nowadays everything is available to read online…that is how my husband mostly reads books.
STEP FIVE Display collections together, like these vintage bottles. Flea markets are great places to hunt for unique items for your shelves. The drawing of the lady also came from a flea market for around $20.
STEP SIX Fill in with books.
STEP SEVEN Make sure your items are pulled forward and not pushed to the back.
STEP EIGHT Add plants or flowers if you like (I used real quince branches and faux ferns from Pottery Barn).
STEP NINE Just an idea...add flickering electric candles for a night-time effect. I placed mine in carved coconut shells that I brought back from vacation. The candles from Pottery Barn are on timers (not cheap but more realistic and nice to come home to).
Step Ten Pour yourself a glass of wine or sparkling water. Return to the shelves. Make some little adjustments. Say to yourself “D*#@ I’m good!”
You can see more of our homes in San Francisco and Newport Beach here.
Now please go see what these very talented ladies advise!!! I can’t wait to pop over myself!