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How to Style Your Shelves and Bookcases

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If you've come looking for the perfect formula to style your shelves and bookcases, I've got a surprise for you! I'm not going to give you one. What I am going to do though is encourage you to get creative, think outside of the box and decorate in a way that best represents your taste and style. 

The only rule I have is that you should always put things on your shelves that represent you and make you happy whether that is sculpture, art objects, plants, books or functional storage.

If you are struggling for inspiration though, here's a few ideas that can serve as suggestions and ides of how to start (versus hardcore styling rules)

If originally stumped how to begin, take a look at your favorite objects and see if you can find a color scheme or pattern.  In the case of these shelves, I had a lot of brass I wanted to display.  Paired with neutral black and white, I added green accents for a pop of color.

Vintage Brass Art Deco Bird, Valerie Tyler Collection

 

Can you find the speaker hidden on these shelves? Instead of mounting the speaker to the wall where it would really stand out, this speaker was hidden behind objects and also placed where it would blend into the color of the shelf so it wouldn't stick out too much.

You may have heard of rules like grouping objects by odd numbers,but you don't always have to do that! If you look at some of these shelves you will notice they sometimes have an even number of objects.  Varying the heights or materials is what gives the sense of contrast instead. 

Another example of differing heights are used to good effect.  Note the mirror on the wall also becomes part of the shelf display.

Never underestimate the power of unique shelving itself.  This eclectic collection when combined with the wicker rack has a unique bohemian style.

Decorative Metallic Mountain, Valerie Tyler Collection

There's an ongoing debate whether it's ok to turn your books bindings inside your shelves to get a more uniform look or whether you should have all the jackets facing outwards.  We're not picking sides!   Even though we're total book lovers around here, if you like the clean look of white pages facing outwards by all means do whatever you like!  Here's the same shelves with the books styled two different ways.

Books can also be grouped by color and also laid sideways and integrated into a color scheme.  In this case I've gone with a combination of black, white gold and greenery .

The perfect shelf situation isn't always a bookcase.  Floating shelves can dress up an otherwise plain wall  by adding extra dimension and visual interest.

 

Once in awhile think simple too!  A solitary bench turned into a plant shelf and placed below artwork makes a stunning visual. 

 

The following was styled by Lea, the interior stylist behind Creekwoodhill

Note the use of positive and negative space. While there are lots of interesting things to catch the eye, objects are grouped so as to not be cluttered in order for every element to shine!  There's a little bit of everything including, art, sculpture, books and plants. The shelves show tons of character and personality.

Photo Credit: Lea, Creekwoodhill

Shelves aren't just confined to library and office spaces though!  This is a lovely example of how beautifully you can style shelves elsewhere in the home such as a kitchen or laundry room.  Functional goods look like art when displayed both flat and stood vertical as if artwork.  The addition of plants keeps things looking soft and natural instead of stark and clinical.

Photo Credit: Fallon Burch of East and Poppy

Above all else, be true to yourself.  I'm a fan of eclectic global art, so you can find things like Egyptian sculptures, animal figurines, and geodes in our home.

 

More inspiration:

Happy shelf styling!  Hope you have fun displaying your treasures.

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Black and White Halloween and Fall Decor

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Love to decorate for Fall and Halloween but just can't commit to warm orange tones. Think in black and white! Add subtle Gothic touches and earthy elements and you can easily transition from Halloween into Thanksgiving by just removing the creepier elements and leaving the pumpkins out through November! Here's some inspiration for you. Neutral pumpkins in can be displayed just about anywhere. Dress them up with a touch of metallic paint for a more glam look. Display with unique artifacts and sculptures to catch the eye.

 

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Bohemian Home Decor Inspiration

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Bohemian style homes can run the gamut from bold and exotic, to neutral and earthy. They tend to have the look of someone well-traveled, with a collection of items from far away, exotic places as well as plenty of earthy elements that show their owners are rather in tune with nature. Whether you are a laid back soul, or just want a space to inspire you to relax styling your home with bohemian elements is a perfect idea for home owners with eclectic tastes and a love of pattern, texture and unique items. Think comfort when aiming for a bohemian look. Poufs, rugs, blankets all add a soft touch and give places to relax and lounge. Don't be afraid to mix textures and patterns. Have a color palette in mind and mix and match items within that range of colors. Those who like things more neutral may mix beige, white, black and green. If you are more daring your palette may be something more like bright red mixed with indigo and orange. If you are looking for shopping ideas affiliate links are included to inspire you:

from: One Kings Lane

Gray Karla Pouf, Kilim

from: One Kings Lane
 
 
 
 
from: One Kings Lane
 
Look to nature for inspiration. Bohemian homes tend to have as many plants as they do pieces of furniture! Don't be afraid to think outside the norm either.  Hang planters on the wall, or let terrariums dangle from hooks on the ceilings.  Collect planters and plant stands big and small to put greenery at various levels.  Indoor plants aren't only lovely, they're beneficial for your health as well.  Of course if you have little indoor sun or cats don't be afraid to consider some realistic looking faux plants to round out your look.

Iron Planter on Stand

from: One Kings Lane
 

 

One of the most fun parts about bohemian decor is that it is often a collected look from travels, vintage and flea finds and handmade treasures.  It's an opportunity to showcase beautiful Moroccan Art, other African art, Native American handiwork, and Mexican folk art.  Enjoy the thrill of the hunt finding pieces with history and meaning.  Collect handmade macrame wall art or plant hangers, handmade rugs, hand-dyed textiles and let your possessions tell a story and have meaning. 

Brass Tray, Valerie Tyler Collection


Medium Sarah Lantern, Black

from: One Kings Lane
 

 

 

 Vintage Brass Steer, Valerie Tyler Collection

Small Mesa Wall Hanging

 

 

 

Tri-Moon Wall Hanging
from: Moorea Seal

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A Tropical Oasis Inspired Retreat for an Office

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Since I spend a lot of time on Instagram , particularly both sharing and perusing home decor feeds I kept coming across photos of succulents, and bohemian or tropical themed rooms, feeds full of greenery and I was smitten.  It was just what I needed to inspire me to do an office decor overhaul.  My office has always been a sore spot with me.  I found the office was always tending to get messy as it was a space I simply just didn't enjoy.  I had a great desk from Arhaus, and an amazing view of the forest right out a patio sliding door but I needed some sort of theme to pull together the room and make it a comfortable place.  Taking an earthy cue was just the key I needed.  I stocked up on plants, both real and fake (I may have a big window, but sunshine is pretty indirect) and aimed for turning my loft office into more of a tropical oasis.  If I had to spend hours somewhere working I might as well make the environment soothing, relaxing and uplifting. 

 

This desk is a treasure.  It actually folds up when not in use keeping the room look clean and organized.  There is plenty of storage and inside as well as shelving for sorting files. 

 

Plants were really the key to the decor.  A large Croton provides a bit of color in the leaves.  The Dieffenbachia also has large, lovely foliage and the Ponytail Palm is really visually interesting.  I then added to the rest of the room with vintage decor and reasonably priced items from a few major retailers.   I actually found that Magnolia print for $2 at a rummage sale! The brass crane is one of my own vintage pieces, similar to other brass decor items that I sell in the Valerie Tyler Collection. The cute little faux succulents came from Marshalls and were totally inexpensive.  The desk as mentioned was from Arhaus, and I already had the office accessories in coordinating wood from Homegoods.

 

The space is actually quite tinier than it looks as it's actually just a small loft that overlooks our family room but the views out the windows keep it from feeling constrictive.  Now that it is full of plants and nature inspired items it actually feels like an extension of the outside. A phone charging station and file folder boxes blend in pretty seamlessly too so there was no need to sacrifice organization for style.  We can have both!

Of course it's always in a bit of transition as I tend to add plants and move them around  according to what needs more light or less.

 

Want to shop the look?   Visit our own shop for vintage decor items or visit some of the affiliate links below for coordinating items  from some of our other favorite shops:

 

 


Trio Air Plant Hanger

 


 

Mini Macrame Plant Hanger


Wide Mouth Frog Terrarium


Palm Triangle Notepad


Geometric Mugavu Planter


Crane Scissors

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