Friday, August 14, 2015

Styling Difficult to Style Shelves

My title here kind of makes me thinking of a book title--Something like Raising the Difficult Child, haha!  Just talking shelves though here, which is a little easier than child rearing.

So we have these built in shelves at the bottom of our library stairs. (Darn, I can't find a before picture!)
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They are not very deep, definitely not tall, and are DARK!  They took a few days of thinking and rearranging to get a look I like.  
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Here are my tips:

For dark shelves, used light colored objects.  I had some old cameras I wanted to display, but they were black and disappeared.  
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Use some organic objects, like the antlers, wood bowl, the jar of shells, and the wood spools.
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Use objects that have meaning.  The Little Men book belonged to my dad, the shells are from trips to the Oregon coast.
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Add colors--the ukulele is my son's, he taught himself to play.  A friend accidentally sat on this one so now it is a decor item for mom.  I wanted to add some yellow so I used a few yellow books and a jar with yellow twine.  
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Add something new and fresh.  Elephants are all the rage and I love them so I bought a white one at TJ MAXX.  The little globe and star thingy are from there too.  It is fun to have a few trendy things, but not too many.Keep it simple, do not fill every space.
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And finally, only use objects you love, things that make you smile when you see them.
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2 comments:

  1. Nicely decorated... I have a basket full of shells that I have not displayed, because I just don't like the basket... However, I have several glass jars I love!! Doing the switch today, to add to my beach/shell theme in my living areas... A timely blogpost for me! Hugs!

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