Open Shelving

Open shelving is a simple way to give your room a personality and an eclectic feel. They provide a large storage capacity which is helpful to keep our interiors clutter-free. However, the challenge is to organize and decorate these open spaces in an elegant and functional way.
Open shelving will allow you to store all your favorite objects, from the most practical to the purely decorative. In addition, incorporating various elements, including personal and sentimental objects, allows you to bring a little uniqueness to this storage space.
Your shelves can be transformed into works of art, and will allow you to display your style.

Open shelving styling

STEP ONE: SUBSTANTIAL PIECES.                               

Start by placing your largest items first to ground the look and create a focal point to style around.

STEP TWO: VERTICAL AND HORIZONTAL STACKS.

Display some of your favorite books – pair some vertically and others horizontally. You can add decorative objects, like an enamel box or some chain links, on top of the horizontally placed books.

STEP THREE: LIGHT REFLECTING SURFACES.

Add some layers to your shelves by adding some shine with reflective surfaces, like brass or glass. They will make the light bounce around and ensure a visually attractive set up.

STEP FOUR: PERSONAL ITEMS.

Bring in sentimental items or personal pieces that you love! It could be as simple as some framed photos of your family or a trinket purchased while on vacation.

STEP FIVE: NATURE ELEMENTS.

Adding a pretty plant is one of the easiest and most charming ways to bring life and beauty to your shelves.

STEP SIX: VISUAL SPACING.

Your shelves shouldn’t always be completely filled. It is important to balance visual weight with blank space to give your eyes a place to rest, as well as highlight the importance of the items that were purposefully placed.

STEP SEVEN: LIGHT SOURCE.

Whether it is back lighting or a wall mounted fixture, it will complete the look and make it effortlessly beautiful.

STEP EIGHT: FINAL LOOK.

Don’t be afraid to add, subtract, or even start from scratch, if the final look doesn’t feel balanced. So shift things around until you get the best result!

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