How to Style Your Shelves in 4 Steps

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Now that we’ve chatted about ways to add texture and color to your shelving, let’s chat about how to style them!

The secret to styling shelves is to ensure it all looks pulled together and that your eye flows from one shelf to the other.

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Studio McGee

Create Your Design and Your Style

Have a Consistent Color Pallet

You’re first step to any good design is having a consistent color pallet. We always like to use a neutral color scheme with pops of color. Or you can do visa versa and go with a fun bold wallpaper, but keep the decor pretty light. Regardless, just make sure you have a color scheme you’re going with to ensure it all flows together nicely.

As you can see, in this project we were going for a coastal feel with the whites, blues, brown sandy beaches, and greens.



Reflect your Style

It’s your home, your family, your style – don’t forget that! A lot of times I see our clients or people getting rid of their stuff and their style because it’s not what they think is “in.”

We want all of our client’s homes to be a reflection of them and their taste by brining in who they are into every design. As Emily Henderson says, if your pieces aren’t functional, sentimental or beautiful say goodbye. So if it follows one of these three things, don’t get rid of it. Find a way to tie it into the piece.

In the project pictured below, our client was a lawyer. So we pulled in his law school books from college. He also is a big hunter. So we took horns and pictures of wild life and hung throughout his office.

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Start with Books

Books are the easiest and most inexpensive ways to decorate. Especially if you are decorating your bookshelves, add some books! We get all of our books from second hand stores for under $1. Collect your books and make sure the colors flow together. If you have a ton of different colors, group them together. Just don’t put all your darker books on one end and lighter on the other. Stagger throughout the shelving so that you’re eye flows throughout your design. And then stock your books both vertically and horizontally. Some standing up and some laying down.



Layer with Simple Objects

Once you’ve staggered your books, it’s time to layer the shelves with simple objects. Whether it is pieces of artwork or picture frames, we like to lean our art or pictures up against the back of the shelves, which makes the shelves look deeper and creates a sense of layering.

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Mix it Up & Shift Weight from Side to Side

Then it’s time to mix it up! Throw in your vases, your little simple objects, clocks, globes, sculptures, etc. And remember, less is more. As I’m throwing up the eclectic things, I constantly stand back and look over the whole to make sure it all flows together, shifting the weight of the objects from side to side.

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And there ya have it! Your beautiful masterpiece. Can’t wait to see your guys’ spaces.


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