How to Add Interest to Styled Shelves

Since I've been talking endlessly about styling shelves, what with my dining room hutch (here) and my library shelving (here), I thought I'd take it a step farther and offer some tips on adding interest to your next shelf styling project. 


Here are a couple easy, go-to ideas, for adding interest to your shelves:

1. Baskets.
Baskets are practically the perfect shelving accessory. Not only do they look great, add texture and cover a lot of real estate, but they function for hiding some of life necessities that are a little less than attractive.
Pottery Barn always has a lovely selection of baskets, which happen to be on sale as I type this, but I always have great luck at HomeGoods, Tj Maxx, etc. 

2. Framed Art.
Whether you choose to include family photos, prints or frame just about anything that has meaning to you, art can add a lot of personality to your space. Hung in the shelf, propped up against the back, hung in front of the shelves or atop a stack of books - it all looks good, while adding depth to your styling.
If you're looking for simple black frames, Target is always a good source. 

3. Ceramics/Vessels.
A collection or grouping of ceramics or vessels can add a pop of color or a bit of texture to an otherwise basic display. 
I'm currently crushing on these woven ceramic vases from West Elm.

4. Plants.
Adding something natural, like a plant can add a bit of life to what could be a fairly one dimensional space. I love the two plants incorporated in the image above, so homey.
Believe it or not, I buy the majoirty of my house plants from Home Depot. They have a great selection at very reasonable prices. Especially orchids. I've also heard very good things about plants from IKEA.


Whether you choose to incorporate one of these suggestions or all of the above, the key is to repeat shapes, colors, groupings, etc throughout the shelves to keep the eye moving and therefore creating interest.
Easy peasy, right?

So, any shelf styling in your future?

until next time,