Display Books & Magazines
If you like to do any of your reading offline, you know how quickly books and magazines stack up. But that doesn’t mean they have to become clutter. Use your favourite reads as display pieces for shelving that looks effortlessly put together. Create a colour story with your books to boost your room’s colour palette. Or go minimal and present two or three of your favourite covers as an art installation.
Nothing adds a little life to a room like a bit of flora. Just a few plants can wake up an entire space, adding texture to your shelves and a pop of colour to your room. Look for plants with visual appeal like fresh cut blooms, or an edgy succulent. Fresh flowers also smell lovely, which is always a plus
Display Leaning Art & Photographs
In a world where pictures are usually hung, leaning your artwork is an elegant way to break the rules. In addition to being incredibly stylish, open shelf art displays are very practical for small spaces. Gone are the hours spent worrying about uneven spacing or wondering if your painting is really straight or if it just looks straight. Simply let your favourite paintings and photos lean against the wall.
If you have a lot of colourful objects to display or if you’re styling shelves in a room with a bright paint colour, be sure to include some neutrals to tone the palette down. This creates balance, and ensures that your shelves don’t look too overbearing and mismatched. You can even try styling entirely in neutrals for a look that feels sophisticated and timeless. When going neutral on your shelves, whites, blacks, beiges and metallic are always a great choice.
Display Items That Vary In Size
For shelves that feel full and finished, mix and match bigger and smaller pieces to create a layered look. Try starting with a few large staple items, and then accessorizing with smaller, more intricate objects. Combining larger and smaller pieces creates a balanced look. Boxes, baskets, large bowls, and big pictures are great pieces to incorporate either as a foundation or to fill in space.