Styling built-ins, bookshelves and nooks can be a chore. For many, it’s intimidating! How do I make this look stylish and attractive, but without it being overwhelming and like I threw a bunch of stuff on a shelf?! It’s a lot to think about!
I always restyle my bookshelves at the beginning of the year. After taking all of our Christmas decor down, it’s a great time to clean, and start the year uncluttered and fresh. Here are my tips for tackling your shelves:
Start with a clean slate. Take everything off, give your shelves a good dusting, and organize your items. Sort through your things, getting rid of anything that doesn’t speak to you anymore or find a new home for it.
Place biggest pieces first. Start with the bigger items you know you want and balance your space with them. Then you can fill in and layer with little things later.
Search your home for things you already have. It’s amazing what you can find around your own house. Look in the kitchen for bowls and platters that can stand upright on easels or the dining room for the silver your grandmother gave you. Pieces like that make great fillers.
Use found objects. Some of my favorite things to decorate with are little bits we’ve found on family vacations, whether a rock, shells, a cool piece of driftwood. They add in texture which gives your shelves depth.
Second hand is beautiful. Still needing items? Check out a second hand bookshop for cool books, taking off the sleeves for a sleek look. Or visit your local antique mall for little bits and bobs that bring more character or pops of color.
Get creative. Hang pictures on the front, wallpaper the back of the shelves, paint them a bold color...the possibilities are endless!
Styling your shelves doesn’t have to be overwhelming, but instead, fun! It can completely change the feel of the overall space too. Feeling organized and fresh in the new year makes your home feel happy and healthy.