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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.

Farmhouse Kitchen

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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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
Kitchen Shelf & Cabinets

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

Links to products featured in this post can be found in our new “Shop Our Home” page. I hope this page makes shopping our home a little easier for you! I earn a small commission when you make a purchase from one of our LTK links. Your support helps me continue to create meaningful content for you!

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