I know we’ve talked about this topic a lot, but styling shelves have become our new favorite thing. Since we haven’t talked about styling nursery shelves, and we got the best shelves in the space from Shelfology, here we go again! As you know, we’ve been working hard on the nursery getting it ready for our new little man.
A huge thank you to Shelfology for partnering with us on this project. I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect touch for the space.
And let us tell you, these shelves are legit.
They are fantastic quality, heavy, durable, and of course stylish. The shelves have a ton of different bracket options too, but as soon as I spotted the Turnbuckle hardware, I couldn’t get my eye on anything else.
Thanks to daddy and Greyson we got these babies hung in no time. And like I said, they are super heavy, so make sure you secure the shelving on a stud.
Greyson loooooves helping daddy, especially when he gets to use the drill, haha! I mean look at this face, you wouldn’t want to mess with this guy, haha!
Styling shelves, especially in a nursery, can sometimes get overwhelming or can easily just get filled with stuff to keep out of reach of the littles. So today we wanted to share with our nursery shelf style for any of you that find yourselves in the same situation.
Start with a Blank Slate
The first thing I always do before styling anything is clear everything off. It doesn’t matter if it’s an entire room or just a simple shelf. Get everything out of the room and off the shelves. This is the best way to get a clear mind, keep your options open and start with a fresh pallet.
Choose a Color Pallet
Next, choose your color pallet. For this nursery we knew we wanted to go with a modern bohemian feel, incorporating natural earthy tones. Most likely, I’ll spend the most time in this space during late nights trying to remain calm, so I wanted to bring a very relaxing tone to the space. Greens, natural browns, whites, and blacks, simple and neutral colors with pops of greens is what we decided to incorporate in this nursery.
Keep it Simple
We tend to think we need so much. I don’t know if it’s the more we move or, the older I’m getting, but I’ve been quickly learning that less is more, especially when it comes to your home decor. Statement pieces set the tone for your space. I always start by collecting a few statement pieces I know I want to incorporate and not get too much grouped together when styling. That is also what instantly overwhelms us when we get too much.
Shop your House
A lot of times we think when making over a space that we need to go out and buy all new things.
When in reality we probably own a lot of the perfect things in our home, we just don’t have them perfectly paired, so we’ve come to dislike those things. So before running out to buy new items, take a look around you home first. Mix old and new.
In the nursery, we took some of Greyson’s old baby books, old toys, and even pictures and frames of when Jamie was a little dude ripping around on his bike. I also had these planters hung in the basement, but I didn’t love that placement. When I hung them here, I felt like they found their perfect home!
Choose a Focal Point
Depending on how big of a space you’re styling you’ll want to choose one to three statement pieces to draw your eye.
I always start with my statement pieces and then find additional objects to layer around them. These pieces can be sentimental, a piece of art, a large vase, you name it! I knew the mirror, bench, large cactus, and brown vases were a few of the options I wanted to incorporate into this space. My great grandpa had built the bench, which I had it sitting in our entry, but it didn’t do much of anything for the space. I now love how it has meaning in our new little guy’s space, and it looks a heck of a lot cuter.
Once you’ve placed your statement pieces, find smaller and medium sized objects to add layers to the decor. Don’t be afraid to find different colors, textures, shapes, and sizes, mix it up! Put items into different depths, stack, and layer. Layer frames on top of frames. Have fun with it! If you have larger framed pieces, rest them up against the wall and stack a few fun smaller objects in front of them.
Once you’ve layered it up, take a step back and make sure you have shifted your weight from side to side. I like to put taller pieces on the ends. So on one shelf put a large piece to the far left. Then under that shelf, bring another large piece into the middle and then the shelf under that all the weight to the right. Make sure when you take a step back that you’re eyes flow around and aren’t just stuck on one shelf or object.
Move Things Around
And lastly, move things around. You’ll never have it perfect the first go around. I always like to take a step back and then shift pieces around to make sure I have them exactly where I want them. If you feel like you’ve used too much, remove some pieces. Don’t think you have enough add a thing or two. Let it sit for a couple of days too, and if you don’t move anything in those days, then you probably have created your perfect display.
And YAY! Kick back and relax and admire your new little stylish display!
And then if you’re like us…patiently wait for that little one of yours to come…