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Top Tips

The art of a good #Shelfie

by Ciara Brimfield
Posted in Ideas on 2nd May 2018

When it comes to interiors, it's all about the #Shelfie. Shelf envy is most certainly an actual thing and, if you've ever found yourself swooning over beautifully curated shelves on Instagram, then you're not alone. You only have to look at our feed to know that we love a stunningly styled shelf. But, if you've given some time to the shelves in your home then you'll know that there is a serious art to it. And, if you're like us, you have to faff, faff and faff some more to get those perfect shelves.

So, to help you style your shelves and to inspire you to mix it up a little, we’re sharing some of our top tips and some Instagram-shelfie- inspo from some of our amazing customers.

#1 – Balance 

Whether you’re all about the monochrome or want to inject a bit of colour or quirkiness into your shelves, you need to think about the balance. Think about heights, colours, and how they all mix together. Mixing old and new is a great way to get balance.

Living room with fireplace and neutral decor
@feathering_the_empty_nest featuring the fab Boris and our Wilton Grammercy mirror!

#2 – What’s your style? 

Consider your home decor style and work to that. Maybe you’re after a monochrome look, or a more vintage and elegant look, or maybe your taste is more eclectic and bold. Pick your theme or style and work with it.

Open white shelves with decorative coral and ceramic blue vase
Our very own @kateahumphreys with her gorgeous shelfie styling.
White shelving and pink tulips in vaseHere Kate has chosen pink as her accent colour (along with our coral and artichoke decorative items).

#3 – Use what you love 

Your shelves should not only reflect your style but your personality and your treasured possessions – so use what you love. Collate photographs and frames, artwork, items from your travels or just things that are sentimental to you and your family. This is a great place to start. Once you’ve worked out what you’d like to feature on your items you can then add in other pieces or keep an eye out for things that might be ‘shelf-worthy’.

Bookshelves with picture frames and candles
Image c/o @styletheclutter

#4 – Practical purposes 

Shelves may still need to have practical purposes – like this gorgeous ladder in @dove_cottage home. By placing a ladder shelf in the bathroom you can add glass jars and baskets with all your essential toiletries in easy reach.


Bathroom shelving with eucalyptus in large vase
@dove_cottage getting mixing style and substance – with a touch of eucalyptus

#5 – Kitchen shelving 

Don’t forget about styling or adding shelves in your kitchen. Open shelving is very on-trend in kitchens at the moment and is a great way to display that cut glassware, cookery books, or foodie quotes. We love how light and airy these open shelves look.

Open kitchen shelving with glass vases and ceramic jugs@styletheclutter’s beautiful open kitchen shelves. We love the simplicity of the hanging plant.
Open kitchen shelving with vintage style glasswareOur very own One World shelves, featuring lots of new items – including our Mcgregor glassware.

#6 – A touch of nature And finally, no shelfie is complete without a floral tribute or a trusty succulent. Adding a touch of nature to your shelfie, whether that’s a hanging plant, cactus, or vase of flowers, will give it that extra dimension. And it’s something that you can change with the seasons – keeping it fresh and new.

Foliage, wreaths, flowers - as styled by @behind_door_28, feat. one of our wicker baskets as a centrepiece.
Foliage, wreaths, flowers – as styled by @behind_door_28, feat. one of our wicker baskets as a centrepiece.

If this has inspired you to do a little shelfie styling of your own then send us your snaps or pop them on Instagram and tag @onedotworld



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