There are few things as satisfying as sorting out shelves, especially on a washout Sunday afternoon. Here at Decology, we absolutely love shelving – a rare mix of functionality and design, beautifully styled shelves are not merely a storage facility but provide a cool way to display your personality. Whether a small ladder shelf in the office or a wall to wall shelving unit in the playroom, make them personal and make them stand out. There are really no rules, but read on for 5 great tips to style your shelves like a pro…
Number 1: Colour code it
Organising books by the colour of the spine creates a striking visual effect. A bit controversial, but unless you have a collection of thousands of books it should not make it any more difficult to find the one you are after.
Number 2: Show the love
Collections? Hobbies? Interest? Display them on your shelves for all too see and enjoy.
Number 3: Create your own personal gallery
Paintings, decorative objects and artefacts create a beautiful and very personal display. Place the pieces in the nooks or even better, hang off the ledges.
Number 4: Mix and match
Try organising books in different orientations; vertical, horizontal and my personal favourite, a tip from Design Guru Abigail Ahern – turn some of the books around to show the cover!
Add some greenery
Adding natural elements to the display literally brings your shelf to life. Go all out recreating the effect of a living wall or strategically dot a cactus around.
Finally, experiment and have fun with it.