How to style shelves in your home

It can be hard to know where to start with styling the shelves in your living room, dining room or office, so today we are going to give you some tips to create perfectly curated shelves. The first thing to note is that there is no right or wrong way to style your shelves, but there are a few things to keep in mind in order to create an aesthetically pleasing look. So to get started, clear your shelves off completely. Next, gather up items to have on display, some of which have meaning to you, and start by placing your larger or taller items on the shelf first.

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Tip #1 When displaying books, make sure that you like the colors and look of the spine since that is all you will see on display. If you don’t like the book jacket, take it off and see what is underneath. Lean or stack the books and make sure it feels balanced when you step back.

Tip #2 Instead of lining up your picture frames, sprinkle them throughout for a better flow.

Tip #3 Mix vintage pieces and new elements with different textures.

Tip #4 Keep everything counterbalanced by having varying heights next to each other.

Tip #5 Add greenery to warm up the space. Plants can help add texture to the space.

Tip #6 If your bookshelves reach the floor, add functionality by filling the space with a pretty basket full of stuff for the kids. They will be able to help themselves to toys or games, while keeping your area nice and neat.

Some looks we love:

credit: Tessa Neustadt Photography, found on
Image by Arange Solange at Home
Image by The Grace House Interiors

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