This blog post was written by expert home stylists Emma Roberts and Laura Spivey from Homebirds Styling. We have decided to’ blog hop’ this week, so you will find a post from me about staying positive on your Instagram journey over at their blog www.homebirds.org.uk
Any home addict worth their salt will own some shelves that exist for the sole purpose of being styled within an inch of their life. The styling process will of course provide their owner with endless hours of aesthetic gratification.
Functional objects have no real place on such shelves, but if it makes your husband feel better about their existence, so be it. The problem that so many of us face is identifying the perfect arrangement for our carefully-curated, ‘shelf-ready’ objects. It’s like finding The Holy Grail. We all know how to choose and buy purpose-free, pretty looking things. We just don’t always know how to present them perfectly on a shelf.
Well that’s where we come in. Now, don’t get us wrong, it doesn’t happen instantly for us either. We just feel we’ve spent enough man hours shuffling and reshuffling shelves to be able to share some useful observations. So here goes:-
1. Group objects in 3’s
Small vases in differing shapes and sizes and complimentary colours look great in clusters of three. Mini succulents in a row in patterned pots look fab too, as do a set of three leaning ornamental plates.
2. Use objects of different heights
The most effective shelfies don’t stick to objects of similar size. They tend to incorporate lots of different levels. A leaning print for example looks great with a small vase of flowers and a scented candle.
3. Include a hanging plant
Foliage of any kind is a must, but a hanging ivy plant always looks fabulous and helps make a set of two or three shelves appear more united. Ikea does a brilliant, no maintenance, faux ivy plant for just £6.
4. Light it up
There’s no point creating a perfectly styled set of shelves if you’re not going to show them off to their full potential. Lighting is the ideal way to really make your guests stop and stare at them. So think about adorning them with festoon lights and candles that can be lit in the evenings.
5. Don’t be afraid of space
It’s a common mistake to ‘over-fill’ your shelves. Don’t do it. Space between items is fine and actually makes the pieces you have chosen stand out more.
6. Think about colours
Your shelves should fit in seamlessly with the rest of your interior styling and décor. If the room is modern and neutral, don’t start using bright neon colours and retro objects. Try to keep to a colour scheme. I’m not saying colour co-ordinate everything in a really obvious way; just think about flow.
7. Stack things
Whether it be books, bowls, or mugs, stacked items look great on a shelf. B&M Bargains do some lovely stackable products, perfect for a kitchen shelfie.
8. Choose vintage pieces
Vintage finds create a real talking point. A vintage camera, or telephone for example makes for a striking statement and adds a touch of personality. Old fashioned weighing scales are a great touch too.
If you’re still struggling with the art of shelf styling, simply find a shelfie you like and copy it. Below you’ll find our handpicked top 10. Plenty here for you to imitate…