Top Shelf Styling Tips

Top Shelf Styling Tips

Open shelving is a beautiful design feature, but it can be intimidating to style. Fear not! With a few of our Saybrook Home designer secrets, you can transform your shelves from cluttered chaos to a curated masterpiece. Here are three key tips to produce top shelf results for every corner in your home: 

1. Mix Heights and Shapes

The eye craves variety. Avoid a flat look by playing with the heights and shapes of your objects. Stack a collection of coffee table books on their sides and prop a taller vase or sculpture behind them. Nestle a round bowl in front of a framed picture. This creates a dynamic visual flow that keeps things interesting.

2. Balance Bold and Soft

Just like a good outfit, shelf styling needs balance. Juxtapose bold statement pieces with softer elements for a harmonious composition. A chunky ceramic vase can be paired with a delicate feather or a handsome wooden bread bowl can be topped with some plush napkins. This interplay of textures and styles adds depth and personality to your display.

3. Pop in Some Greenery:

Plants bring life (literally!) to any space, and shelves are no exception. A trailing pothos adds a touch of whimsy with minimal maintenance, while dried boxwood looks sophisticated and chic with absolutely no need to worry about watering. A vase that you cycle out blooms every so often gives the eye a colorful place to land. 

Bonus Tip: Don't be afraid to edit and rearrange! Shelf styling is an ongoing process. Play with different combinations until you find a look that speaks to you. Remember, your shelves are a reflection of your personality, so have fun and let your creativity flow!

With these designer tips in your arsenal, you're well on your way to creating stunning shelf displays that will be the envy of your guests. Happy styling!

If you're stuck and need help, the Saybrook Home design team is available to consult on any of your projects big and small. Click here to schedule an appointment with a designer. 

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