June 3, 2015

The 3 Cs of Styling Shelves

No matter how comfortable clients might feel making décor decisions on their own,
we always find that they hesitate a bit when it comes to styling shelves.
So many items, so many shelves, so many choices!
Don’t panic.Remember the 3 Cs and your shelves will shine:

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1. Choose your Style
Are you a neat freak or a rule breaker?
Do you prefer to keep memories of your travels or do you collect curiosities?
Embrace your personal sense of style and allow your shelves to share that style with the world.

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2. Color is Your Friend
Color can be used (or not used) in some really unique ways!
You can paint or wallpaper the back of your shelving unit or, if you can’t commit to color on that large of a scale, you can organize your books and accessories by color for a look that will appeal to your beloved Type A friends.

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Keep the room neutral and allow the items on your shelves to bring bright pops of color to your space.

Have your wall paint flow over into your shelving.

Monochromatic shelves can also make a gorgeous statement.

3. Challenge Design Norms
Just because shelves have been styled in one way for ages, doesn’t mean you have to style yours in the same fashion.
Think outside the box (literally)!
You can hang interesting lighting fixtures versus using built in lighting, layer artwork over the shelves themselves, or consider restructuring your bookshelves to create a unique look and flow.


The most important thing to remember?
Have fun!
Shelves are a space where you can play with scale, layering, and color,
and the best part is that you can change things up as often as you want.

Join the Conversation

  1. maureen says:

    Great information. Thanks Marie. Of course the teal backed one is my favorite. No surprise there.

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