I love love love the look of floating shelves. They can add so much style and personality to a space. However, pulling off a look that is “you” without looking messy or too overdone is much easier said than done, at least for me!
Ever since I bought our credenza (over a year ago, yikes!) I wanted to add some sort of interest around it, because, all you saw before was TV TV TV.
I got some shelves a number of months ago, but it’s taken me a while to collect and tweak until I found something I liked! Continue reading to see what I learned along the way.
To start with, I already knew a few guidelines to keep in mind.
1. Stick to a colour scheme. As much as some people can pull of that eclectic colourful vibe, that is certainly not me! To keep your shelves looking tidy, especially for beginners, I stand by a colour scheme. I realize this may make me look a tad obsessive, but hey, gotta do what makes you happy!
Mine actually came up by chance: white, black, green with a bit of blue thrown in. I do have other books, but they’ve since found a new home in the kitchen (stay posted!). As soon as I added my plants, I realized our photobook back along with my green vase was perfect, so I went with it.
Which leads me to number two.
2. Add different textures. Stylists say this all the same but it makes such a difference! And once I realized plants are considered another texture? I’ll never go back!
In this vignette I have the glass candle holders and lantern, the silver frame, the smooth ceramics, the plants and the more matte textures of the books and chalkboard pot.
3. Vary heights and sizes. This is KEY for shelves. I have round shapes in the tea light holders and vases, sharp square shapes in the frames and lantern and everything varies in height to keep the eye moving.
My last tip for beginners:
4. Give it time. I had these shelves for a while before I found something that worked and that I liked. I know some bloggers manage to style shelves in an afternoon (Sherry, much?) but between my lack of experience and lack of accessories on hand (read: lack of funds), this took me a while. Be open to tweaks!
Even yesterday, it took me a few tries before I settled on something I liked.
By changing just the frames (and later, moving the bottom plant to the left of the books), the whole thing felt more balanced and purposeful.
As a little side project, I decided to paint a terracotta pot. I love the look of ceramic pots, but I really need to be saving as much as I can. This pot came in at an easy $1.50!
I had some leftover chalkboard paint from another project so I gave it one quick coat outside yesterday afternoon.
Super quick and easy, and I was able to add a cheeky little message in chalk. (Because let me tell you, if ever you want a plant that thrives on neglect in an apartment with little light, this is the one!!)
Here’s the wall before:
after in progress:
I’ll be sure to show the full length of the wall soon… Promise! For now, I have to share just how happy I am with how my little shelves look at night with my candles lit.
Well worth the wait! What tips can you use to tweak your shelves at home, right now?
Thanks so much for stopping by. I’m glad to have had some time off from blogging because I am feeling oh so inspired to share my latest projects!