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How to Style Shelves in the Kitchen for Thanksgiving & Christmas

Simple tips on how to style shelves in the kitchen with décor that can easily transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas using rich textures, neutral colors, and cozy elements.

Holiday Kitchen Shelf

Tis the season for all things holiday. Well…almost! We are coming up on the most magical time of the year but also the busiest, right?! There is so much to do for the holidays from shopping & baking to parties & festivities. It can get overwhelming at times with everything we have on our list of things to do.

But, what if I could help you check one thing off your list by sharing how to style shelves in the kitchen for not one, but two upcoming holidays?!

How to Style Shelves

Last week, during one of our many rainy days lately, I challenged myself to style the shelf in our kitchen with décor that could easily be used for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I wanted to create a look that was neutral, natural, cozy, and collected that could be used for multiple holidays. Surprisingly, I think I may have achieved that by using items we already had in our home!

Holiday Kitchen Shelf

Let’s take a look at how to style shelves in the kitchen with décor that can take you from Thanksgiving all the way through the new year. Leaving you with more time for your other holiday activities!

How to Style Shelves in the Kitchen

The Basics of How to Style Shelves

There are a few basic tips to remember when styling a shelf for any season or holiday. Use these simple tips as a guide when beginning to pull objects together to place on a shelf.

  • Stick to a color palette.
  • Use a combination of old & new objects.
  • Include natural elements.
  • Use items of varying heights.
  • Add layers to create depth.
Kitchen Shelf Décor

Choose a Color Palette When Styling Shelves

This might be the most important step when deciding to style shelves with décor for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

I decided to stick to a neutral color palette utilizing shades of white, cream, green, and tan. Each of these colors together are warm & cozy, and could easily be used for one or both holidays.

Kitchen Shelf Décor

How to Style Shelves Using Old & New Objects

One of the things I love to do when decorating is to shop our home! As I said before, almost all of the objects I used on our kitchen shelf were pieces we already had in our home. The white plates, bowls, and mugs were stored away in our pantry, so I brought those out and stacked them on the shelf to add layers and create depth.

Farmhouse Kitchen
How to Style Shelves in the Kitchen

The white ceramic houses were a gift from Dave a few Christmas’s ago. I use them in our Christmas décor each year. Not only do they have special meaning to me, but I love the cozy charm & character they add to the décor in our home.

White Ceramic Houses

These ceramic houses are no longer available however, I found this ivory ceramic Christmas village set from Pottery Barn that is beautiful, or this more smaller, more affordable white decorative ceramic village set from Target is cute too.

Stoneware in the Kitchen

The only new object styled on our kitchen shelf, is this deer stoneware pitcher. I found this while researching my favorite Christmas décor finds for 2022 and had to have it! I think it looks so cute hanging here and although it has a reindeer on the pitcher, I felt it did not necessarily scream Christmas.

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How to Style Shelves With Natural Elements

No matter the season or holiday, I always love to have fresh natural elements in our home. It adds beauty and coziness!

Pitcher of Eucalyptus

I had to think a little bit about which natural element would work best here for two holidays. The answer…eucalyptus! Fresh eucalyptus is a great year round option as a filler for flower arrangements, but also placed in a vessel all on it’s own.

Natural Elements on a Shelf

On our shelf, I filled a white pitcher with water and added fresh eucalyptus stems with small leaves. These small eucalyptus leaves reminded me of rosemary and pine stems that most of us use in our holiday décor, so I thought it was the perfect natural element to add here.

How to Style Shelves

How to Style Shelves With Height

Add items of varying heights to the shelf. This allows the eye to move from item to item on the shelf, creating visual interest.

The white pitcher filled with eucalyptus was a little stout for the shelf, so I simply placed the pitcher on a stack of dishes. It instantly made the pitcher appear taller, and added the right amount of height to the center of our shelf.

How to Style Shelves

Don’t forget to make sure the items on your shelves look balanced! For instance, don’t place all of your tall items on one side of the shelf. Mix items of varying heights throughout your shelf for a cohesive, balanced look.

How to Style Shelves

Add Layers for Depth on Shelves

Layers add personality and coziness to your shelves!

One of the ways I like to add layers to a kitchen shelf is by stacking plates, bowls, and mugs.

How to Style Shelves

Layers can also be created by placing items in groups of odd numbers. I created a group of three objects on either end of the shelf using the ceramic houses, a faux potted evergreen, candle, and a stack of bowls.

Kitchen Shelf

Adding layers to your shelf will prevent it from looking flat, dull, and boring.

How to Style Shelves in the Kitchen

Final Thoughts on How To Style Style Shelves for Thanksgiving & Christmas

With a few pieces you most likely have in your home you can style your kitchen shelves for not just Thanksgiving but Christmas too!

  • Use neutral colors such as varying shades of white, cream, green, and tan.
  • Display your holiday china that may be sitting in a pantry or hutch.
  • Decorate your shelf with items that have special meaning to you.
  • Bring in the outdoors with natural elements.
  • Add height and layer items for depth and visual interest.
Kitchen Shelf Décor
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Ghost Garland for Halloween

Ghost Garland for Halloween

A spooky ghost garland is the perfect addition to cozy Halloween décor.

Ghostly Halloween Décor

As a fan of all things cozy, the Halloween décor in our home tends to be on the spooky side rather than scary.

When I saw these adorable fabric stuffed ghost picks at Michael’s, I knew they would be the perfect, spooky addition to our Halloween décor. I bought every single ghost pick they had in the store (in full transparency there was only 6 lol!).

My vision for these adorable stuffed ghosts…a ghost garland!

Ghost

Before we discuss the ghost garland, can we take a second and talk about why I am obsessed these little stuffed ghosts? There is a lot to love about these little guys between their small size, puffy shape, and adorable ghostly faces. But what I love the most about them…the rick-rack edges! Can you stand the cuteness?? It’s the cutest & coziest detail to these adorable, spooky little ghosts.

Ghost Pick

Now that we’ve established how much I adore these little guys, let’s turn them into an easy to make, spooky ghost garland.

Ghost Garland

What You Will Need to Make a Ghost Garland

Ghost Pick & Twine

How to Make a Ghost Garland

To start your ghost garland, you will need to remove the stick on the bottom of each ghost. Twist and turn the stick until it becomes loose enough to easily remove.

Ghost Picks

If the stick is hard to remove, you can take a wire cutter and cut the stick as close to the ghost as possible. Then, either remove the rest of the stick from the ghost or push the rest of the stick inside of the ghost further until it disappears.

Ghost Garland
Measuring Out the Ghosts

Roll out the twine into a straight line on a flat surface. Leave about 1 foot of extra twine at the start of your garland. Place your first ghost on the twine, measure out about 12 inches from the first ghost, and then place your next ghost. This will give you an idea of where you want to glue your ghosts to the twine. I liked spacing the ghosts 12 inches apart, but you could certainly place the ghosts closer or further apart.

Ghost Décor

Flip your first ghost over and place a small dollop of hot glue on the back of the ghosts head. Quickly and carefully place the black twine into the hot glue. Using the end of the hot glue gun, smudge the hot glue so the twine is fully emerged into the glue. Allow glue to fully dry (takes just a minute or two) before moving onto the next ghost.

Hot Glue on Ghost

Continue hot gluing each ghost to the twine. Measuring about 12 inches between each ghost.

Ghost Garland

Once you have hot glued the sixth and final ghost to the twine, leave about 1 foot of additional twine at the end of the garland.

Ghost Garland

Add a small loop to both ends of the twine to finish the garland. The finished garland will be about 6 1/2′ in length.

Ghost Garland

Where to Hang a Ghost Garland

I hung our ghost garland on our peg rail in the kitchen. The garland looks so cute & cozy hanging with our Halloween hand towels!

Halloween Décor in the Kitchen

This garland would look adorable hung on a Halloween mantle, hung on hooks in an entryway, incorporated into a Halloween tablescape, or could even be hung in a children’s bedroom since it’s not too scary.

Ghost Garland

Other Ideas for a Halloween Garland

You can make this garland with other Halloween shapes too. Here are a few fun & festive ideas:

You can also change the color of the twine for a different look. White, yellow, orange, or purple are other twine color options that would be perfect for a Halloween garland.

Ghost Garland

Ghostly Halloween Home Décor

Looking for more ghostly Halloween home décor?! Shop some of my ghoulish favorites, here.

Ghostly Halloween Décor

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Neutral Fall Decor

Neutral Fall Décor Ideas

Neutral fall décor is one of the simplest and most beautiful ways to decorate your home for the season.

Fall Artwork

Decorating our home for fall is my absolute favorite! For me, fall equals warmth and coziness. I love to incorporate that cozy feeling into our home when I decorate for fall with lots of textures, natural elements, and warm tones. Neutral fall décor is effortless, timeless, and easily fits into an already existing color palette.

Fall Artwork

What is neutral fall décor?

Neutral fall décor is cozy, inviting, and comforting. It includes rich textures, natural elements, warm earthy tones, along with spicy autumnal scents. Fall décor should engage each of the five senses to create the coziest fall atmosphere.

Yes, fall décor should also include the sense of taste and smell! My family loves comfort food in the fall (this is a family favorite recipe) and the scent of fall is so delicious with a crock pot potpourri simmering on the kitchen counter.

Fall Farmhouse

5 Neutral Fall Décor Ideas

Here are five simple ways to decorate your home for the season using neutral fall décor.

Neutral Fall Décor

Real or Faux Pumpkins

Nothing says fall more than pumpkins! I love to add pumpkins not only to our outdoor décor but inside as well. They add that natural, organic element that I adore.

Olive Branches & Pumpkins

My favorite way to style real or faux pumpkins is by stacking them. It’s a little early in our area for real pumpkins so I stacked a couple of faux pumpkins from Michael’s at this side entrance to our home. Don’t be afraid of using faux natural elements! Faux pumpkins have come a long way over the years. There are some really nice, affordable, realistic looking pumpkins available these days.

Fall Entryway

My favorite real pumpkins to search for are Cinderella pumpkins. They are flatter and a little wider than the traditional Halloween pumpkin. I like to search for pumpkins that are a little misshapen (nothing in nature is perfect, right?!) with long curly stems. These faux ones reminded me of some of my favorite real pumpkins!

Pumpkins & Rain Boots

Typically I prefer white pumpkins, but I loved the shades of greens & yellows in these pumpkins! The colors worked well with the other neutral fall décor in our home.

Neutral Fall Entryway

To stack faux pumpkins, simply remove the stem from the pumpkin on the bottom of the stack. Easily remove the stem by gently twisting & pulling until the glue on the stem releases from the pumpkin. When you want to add the stem back on, just pop it right back in the hole with a little dollop of hot glue. So easy! You can watch the video I created of this pumpkin hack on Pinterest.

Neutral Fall Decor
Family Room

Cozy Throw Pillows

Transforming your living room into a comfy, relaxing space for fall is easy with the addition of cozy throw pillows.

Cozy Throw Pillows

I prefer to purchase pillow covers, instead of the entire throw pillow. This way, I can change the look and feel of our couch throughout the year without having to store pillows when they are not in use. I simply change the pillow cover and continuously reuse the same insert (my favorite down insert is linked here). Perfect for a home with the limited closet space!

Couch With Throw Pillows

Mix pillows of different sizes, patterns, and textures for extra coziness. I love to add thicker, textured pillow covers like this faux fur pillow cover and this oversized woven plaid pillow to our neutral fall décor. Thicker textured fabrics makes the house feel just a little bit warmer on the coolest of autumn days.

Pottery Barn Pumpkin Pillow

How adorable is this plush pumpkin pillow?! It is the perfect, cozy addition to our living room for fall.

And how cute is this smaller pumpkin pillow too…

Window Seat & Bookshelves

Amber Glass Bottles & Vases

Amber glass adds deep, rich, warm tones to neutral fall décor with it’s beautiful gold-brown color. Antique amber glass bottles & vases add character to fall décor with their unique shapes and distinctive lettering.

Amber Glass Collection

My love of amber glass and specifically amber glass bottles started a little over a year ago. As I was strolling through an antique store, I noticed beautiful brown glass jars. Each jar unique in it’s own way with stories I could dream up of why and how these brown glass jars were used previously. And thus, my love and collection of amber glass began.

Amber Glass

I styled my small collection of antique amber glass bottles along with these new amber glass vases from Hearth & Hand with Magnolia on our sofa table. In some of the antique amber glass bottles I added candles. And in the new amber glass vases, I added bouquets of seasonal flowers.

This created a beautiful, charming centerpiece on our sofa console table perfect for the transition from summer to fall.

Neutral Fall Décor
Fall Flowers

These bottles filled with flowers and candles would make a great centerpiece on a fall tablescape as well!

Neutral Fall Decor

Copper Pots

Copper is a beautiful metal to decorate with all year, especially in the fall. It adds metallic texture and warm tones which mix in seamlessly with neutral fall décor.

Kitchen Shelf

I added a small copper pot to the shelf in our kitchen. The rich copper color pops against the white shelf and white walls.

Copper Pot
Fall Kitchen Shelf

I styled the copper pot very simply by placing on a stack of white dishes with the lid placed on top.

Neutral Fall Decor

There are so many fun & creative ways to style a copper pot. Leave the lid off and fill with fresh greens (seeded eucalyptus would look beautiful in this!), fresh seasonal fruit or veggies, or even add a collection of wooden spoons.

Neutral Fall Décor

Neutral Fall Artwork

Add fall artwork to your walls and shelves with scenes that depict fall landscapes or fall images.

Fall Artwork
Fall Cottage Farmhouse

I added fall artwork to this small wall in our home located between the kitchen and living room. I love the warm fall tones this print & the gold frame add to this area.

Neutral Fall Décor Farmhouse

Framed art does not need to cost a fortune. The framed art hung here was purchased at Target a couple of years ago. This new framed pear & apple art available at Target is a favorite of mine, both pieces extremely inexpensive.

Another inexpensive way to add artwork to your home is by purchasing a digital download, printing the print yourself, and then adding the art to a frame you already have in your home. My favorite online digital print store is BFF Print Shop. They have a large variety of prints to download and all are available for $20 or less. It’s such an easy, inexpensive way to change the art in your home throughout the seasons!

Artwork for Fall

Want to hang artwork a little differently?!

I decided to hang our fall framed art from a brown satin ribbon. I am loving how it looks! It adds a fun, whimsical touch to this wall.

Fall Cottage Farmhouse

To recreate this look, add two eye hooks to the left and right side of the back of your frame. Tie one piece of ribbon to the left eye hook, and another piece of ribbon to the right eye hook. Meet the ribbon ends in the middle of the print and tie in a knot. Hang from a nail. Then, tie another piece of ribbon around the nail and tie into a bow. Cut the tail ends of the ribbon in an upside down “V”.

A simple touch but so beautiful!

Neutral Fall Decor

Other Neutral Fall Décor Ideas

Some of my other favorite ways to decorate our home with neutral fall décor:

Neutral Fall Decor

Fall Inspiration on Pinterest

For even more neutral fall décor ideas, be sure to follow me on Pinterest. I am pinning fall inspiration daily, check out my fall décor board for more!

Neutral Fall Decor

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Open Kitchen Shelving

How To Style Open Kitchen Shelving

I am beyond excited to finally be sharing our open kitchen shelving on the blog! This is one of my favorite parts of our recent kitchen renovation and DIY’s that we have completed to date. I’ve wanted open kitchen shelving for years, so to finally have this in our kitchen is a dream come true for my shelf loving heart!

Kitchen With a View of the Pantry

While this part of the kitchen renovation was just recently finished, I have already styled our open kitchen shelving two times! You can view the first photos I shared of our new open kitchen shelving here, in our summer home tour.

This past weekend as I was playing around with the décor on our open kitchen shelf, I thought I would share with you a few tips that help me to create visually appealing open kitchen shelves.

Open Kitchen Shelving

The best part about these tips is that they are universal. They should not be limited to the kitchen or to a specific design style. These tips can be applied to any open shelving, in any room, regardless of personal style.

Decorated Kitchen Shelf
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Tips on Styling Open Kitchen Shelving

  • Combine old and new objects.
  • Use items of varying heights.
  • Add layers to create depth.
  • Stick to a color palette.
  • Add natural elements.
  • Mix materials. Wood, glass, metal, linens are just a few examples.
Kitchen Shelving

1. Find Anchor Pieces

The easiest way for me to style a shelf is to start with the anchor pieces. Anchors are items that first catch your eye, they are usually the largest objects, and they help to create balance on the shelf. For these shelves, the anchor pieces I used were, a group of cookbooks and a silver trophy.

Group of Old & New Cookbooks

I placed the group of cookbooks in the center of our shelf. Adding the tallest cookbooks in the middle of the grouping with the smallest cookbooks on the outside.

When I add books to a shelf, I make sure that they are not lined in uniform. Some books are forward on the shelf while others are further back. I also have some books with the spines facing forward, and others with the spines facing backwards. This all helps to add texture and depth to the shelves.

Silver Trophy & Green Pears

The other anchor piece I added on the right side of the shelf was a large, vintage silver trophy. I turned slightly so that the handles would be visible from all angles. And, I made sure the trophy inscription was facing forward (it adds so much character to this vintage piece and the shelf)!

Pears on White Dessert Plates

2. Keep to a Color Scheme

I love a neutral color palette. I am drawn to woods and whites with a small pop of color (depending on the season). Whatever your personal preference, stick to a color scheme to keep your shelves looking neat and cohesive.

Kitchen Shelf

3. Create Layers & Add Height

This tip is essential to creating a shelf that has depth and interest.

Corner of the Kitchen

Create layers on shelves by having some items pushed towards the back and other items toward the front. I also like to lean objects against the wall, stacking pieces to created a layered look. This creates depth and keeps the shelves from looking flat, dull, and boring.

Pitcher of Wooden Spoons

Add items of varying heights. This helps the eyes to move from piece to piece on the shelf, creating visual interest. If something isn’t tall enough, don’t worry! Add a stack of dishes or bowls beneath the item to make it appear taller.

Pears in Cloche

Instead of just adding a group of pears to the shelf, I placed the pears on a stack of dishes to give them height. Not only do the stack of dishes add height but they also add layers.

Vintage Trophy & Pears

4. Mix Materials on Open Kitchen Shelving

Mix a variety of cohesive materials on open kitchen shelving for visual interest.

Country Pear Candle
Cozy Farmhouse Kitchen

5. Use Groups of Odd Numbers

It is scientifically proven that our eyes are drawn to groups of odd numbers!

I like to group similar items in 3’s, but any group of odd numbers will keep the shelf visually appealing.

Pears & Vintage Silver Trophy
Open Kitchen Shelving

6. Decorate With Natural Elements

Natural elements are super simple way to add texture and visual interest to open kitchen shelving.

Kitchen Shelf

On this shelf, I added fresh pears and fresh hydrangea stems (cut right from our yard). Two of my favorite natural elements to decorate with, especially in late summer.

You do not have to use fresh natural elements. Faux fruit and faux/dried floral stems are great options as well. They can be just as beautiful and will last much longer. Afloral is my favorite go-to online shop for faux florals.

Cloche With Pears

7. Make Open Kitchen Shelving Cozy

Create cozy kitchen shelving by adding new and vintage pieces to the shelves as well as decorating with pieces that are special to your family.

Farmhouse Style Kitchen

On our kitchen shelf, I used a mixture of new and old cookbooks. I also added a page from one of my old Julia Child cookbooks to the new gold frame leaning against the wall.

Open Kitchen Shelving

For another layer of coziness, I used our wedding china dessert plates underneath the group of pears. Small, simple touches like this are what make a home feel extra special and cozy.

Candles add coziness too! Just make sure the flame of the candle it not too close to the ceiling or any other pieces on your shelves (my hubby is good at reminding me of this…insert eye roll). This country pear candle from Antique Candle Co. is one of my current favorites!

Pears & Wooden Spoons

8. Step Back & Take a Break

There are so many times that I become frustrated styling a shelf and I have to remember to stop, step back, and take a break. Styling a space doesn’t always come easy. Sometimes it can take days of looking, moving, and tweaking a space to get it styled just right.

Open Kitchen Shelving

If you find this happening to you, remember to give yourself grace. If you feel frustrated, take a break or move on to something else. This will allow you to clear your mind and when you go back to the space you were styling, you will have a fresh outlook and new ideas!

Open Kitchen Shelving & Green Pantry Door

Final Thoughts on Styling Open Kitchen Shelving

Remember when styling open kitchen shelving that it’s your home you’re decorating, and you should style your shelves the way you like! These tips should only be used as a guide. And if these tips aren’t for you, that’s fine! Your home should always reflect you and what you love. Decorate your home with pieces that are meaningful to you to create your own unique version of a well-loved home.

Open Kitchen Shelving
Open Kitchen Shelving

Shop the Décor on Our Open Kitchen Shelving

You can shop most items I have styled on our open kitchen shelving, here. The glass bon bon jars on the counter can be found, here. Shop my favorite candles, here.

Neutral Farmhouse Kitchen

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Patriotic Decor

Simple Summer Patriotic Décor

4th of July is just two short weeks away and that means it’s time for me to add a little summer patriotic décor to our home! The 4th of July is one of my most favorite holidays out of the entire year. It’s a time for us to gather with friends and family to celebrate the birth of our great nation. Celebrations include parades, concerts, cookouts, fireworks, and time off of work to relax. My favorite part of this holiday…gathering with family without the expectations of gifts. 4th of July gatherings are all about enjoying one another’s company with delicious Americana food, and a few loud fireworks to end the night. That’s it, there are no other expectations other than having a good time!

Simple Summer Patriotic Decor

Once I realized that 4th of July was right around the corner, I got the itch to add in some simple summer patriotic décor to our home and specifically this glass cabinet. As someone who loves an all neutral décor palette, I like to add just small, simple touches of red, white, and blue for summer. Patriotic décor does not need to be over the top to be impactful. A simple addition of a blue ribbon, or a red flower, or an old historical book are all you need to decorate your home for the 4th of July.

I have more patriotic décor ideas in our summer home tour, you can check that out here.

Vintage Demijohns
New & Vintage Books

The simplest way to add summer patriotic décor to any home is with the flags. So simple and easy, right?!

I grouped two medium sized flags and placed those in the vintage demijohns on top of the cabinet. I grouped two to three smaller flags and placed those into the glass jars inside the cabinet. The red, white, and blue of the flags add just the right amount of color to this otherwise neutral corner.

Adding newer flags to vintage pieces helps to add character and coziness to our home. You can purchase the flags in our home here, and here. When purchasing any flag, make sure to buy flags that are American made!

Patriotic Decor

I love the flags next to this vintage book, “Pennsylvania Superior Court Report”. It gives me all the historical, patriotic feels! Our bookshelves are always a mixture of new and vintage books. It is such a great way to incorporate new with old, which is one of my favorite ways to decorate!

Patriotic Decor

Baskets add another layer of texture to shelves, cabinets, or any area of your home. The texture of the baskets inside the cabinet play off of the texture of the demijohns on the top of the cabinet.

Shelf Styling

I placed a few faux Queen Anne’s Lace stems inside the baskets. Queen Anne’s Lace is such a beautiful (and underrated in my opinion) flower and reminds me of summer! More faux summer flowers you could add into your patriotic décor could be; hydrangeas, geraniums, or poppies .

Simple Patriotic Decor

Ribbon is another way to add simple patriotic décor to your home. I tied a blue & cream stripped grosgrain ribbon to the handle of one of the demijohns. I simply tied the ribbon into a bow. Then kept the tails of the ribbon long to drape down onto the cabinet. To me, ribbon makes everything more beautiful!

If you have a wired ribbon that you love but don’t love the wire, check out this reel on Instagram on how to remove it.

Patriotic Styling

Finally, I added blue & white quilts and blankets to the bottom shelf of the cabinet. I love that we can easily pull out a blanket to cozy up on the couch or grab a quilt for a picnic or a trip to the beach.

Simple Patriotic Decor
Summer Cabinet Styling

For more simple summer patriotic décor, check out this blog post with patriotic décor ideas along with a few fun patriotic food ideas too!

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Tips for Perfectly Styled Shelves

One of my favorite hobbies/activities is shelf styling. If there was a job that I could apply for that was solely shelf styling, I would apply to it and would want to go to work everyday. I am not sure why it gives me such a thrill to styles shelves! It could be that I enjoy the thought process that goes into shelf styling. I can think about and obsess over an area that I want to style for days, which helps to keep my mind busy and distracts me from other, anxious thoughts that like to creep into my mind. It could be that changing the décor on a shelf or a cabinet can instantly change the look and feel of a room without moving any furniture. Or it could be that I just have fun moving this item here and that item there until the perfect balance is achieved. No matter the reason, I love it! However, I know that not everyone feels the same way. In this blog post, I am sharing a glass cabinet that I recently styled along with a few pointers for you to follow if shelf styling is intimidating for you. You will notice a common denominator in most of my tips. Visual interest. The key to perfectly styled shelves is eye movement. You want the eye to move up & down, focus in on textures, and to move between groupings & layers. My hope is that you are able take this tips, put them to use in your home, and to take away the intimidation that you may feel so that you can have beautifully styled shelves in your home too!

Add Texture

Texture adds warmth and coziness. Glass, baskets, books, plants, blankets, pillows, candles, and wood are all examples of different types of textures that will add visual interest to your shelves. Mix your textures on each shelf. One of my favorite and one of the easiest ways to add texture to a shelf is by adding books. Books are usually something we all have in our homes, right?! I like to style books in groups. Books can be grouped together going vertically across a shelf, like I have done in the top shelf of this cabinet. Or, books can be grouped together laying down, with something placed on top, like I have down on the bottom shelf of this cabinet. My secret to book styling, is to alternate the books with some of the books showing their spine, and others with the pages facing out. This is a simple and easy way to add texture to any shelf.

Group Objects Together

Objects grouped together are visually appealing. Specifically, groups of odd numbered items. (This is actually a scientific fact!) I always like to group items in either groups of 3 or groups of 5. Odd numbers force our eyes to move around the grouping, and thus gives visual interest. Take the top of this cabinet as an example. I grouped a glass vase, a basket, and a candle together. A group of three items. Each item with it’s own texture and all of varying heights. Notice how your eye moves around between the three items? That is exactly what you want the eye to do when looking at your shelf!

Add Height

Each shelf should contain items of varying heights. This will draw the eye up and down. If you have too many small objects on a shelf it can make the shelf look cluttered. Too many large objects and the shelf becomes overwhelming. To make your shelf appealing, layer a couple of smaller objects with larger ones. You will notice each shelf I styled has items of varying heights. If something is too small, you can always add height by placing a couple of books beneath it, or by placing on a stand, or inside of a cloche. The glass vase on the very bottom shelf on the left side was a little too short. I placed a stack of books beneath it, and presto! It gave the vase the height it needed.

Layer

Layers add depth and dimension to your shelves. Your shelves will become three dimensional instead of one dimensional when you layer pieces together on a shelf. Place a small picture or piece of art in front of a larger piece of artwork as I did on the middle shelf. Or similarly, place a larger vase behind a smaller one. I layered artwork together towards the back of the middle shelf placing the larger artwork behind the smaller one. Placed a cloche (with a small object inside) in front of the art, and then placed a smaller object in front of the cloche. Layering all of these pieces and these small touches create a much bigger impact on your shelves and will make them pop!

Balance

Even though each shelf is styled individually, you want to think about the bigger picture when styling each shelf so that your cabinet or bookshelves are balanced and cohesive when you are finished. This means alternating groupings, alternating your layers, and mixing textures. On the top left side of the cabinet, there is a basket with a green plant inside. You will notice I have the same basket with the same plant inside on the bottom right side. This is an example of balance. Top and bottom, left and right. Play around with the items on your shelf paying attention to the other shelves to ensure your eye bounces between each one of the shelves. If that happens, you are on the right track to achieving balance for entire cabinet or bookshelves!

Gather Ideas

Do not be afraid to gather ideas and inspiration from other people, stores you may visit, magazines, social media, or from designers whose style you love. I always find inspiration from Pinterest, other home décor bloggers, and many other places. When I see something I like; I pin it, or I take a screen shot to refer back to later. Doing this helps me to think of ideas that I might not normally have or gives me permission to continue on with an idea that I know might work based on something similar I’ve seen. It’s ok to take someone else’s idea, add your own twist to it, and make it your own.

I hope you are able to take these tips and use them in your own home! Shelf styling can be scary and overwhelming but when you have the right tools, a little bit of time, and some creativity your shelves will be beautiful and the envy of the town (yes, that’s a bit of an exaggeration but you know what I mean!). Remember to always decorate your home and your shelves with pieces you love. Doing this will make your house a cozy place that you will want to come home to. Do you love styling shelves as much as I do? What are some of your favorite pieces to decorate a shelf with? Leave me a comment, I would love to hear from you!

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