3. Assess the space you’re working with
Styling a set of shelves is an art form – no wonder people take to social media, sharing photos of their handiwork, when they feel they have it right. If you want your shelf décor ideas to look just as good, start by looking at the spaces you’re working with.
How much room do you have above the shelves? Ideally you want whatever you place there to occupy the gap. Then how much distance should you allow between the items, and which pattern and colour scheme should you follow?
Start by collecting the pieces you’re planning to display together – books, book ends, candles, trays, vases, plants, flowers, a clock, pieces or art, framed photos, ceramics, statues, bowls, and so on. Think of a colour scheme, then place the items on the shelves in an order that’s pleasing to the eye.
Stand back and assess regularly, using smaller items at the end to fill any negative space. Be wary of over styling and using too many objects, as this can make the display seem cluttered.