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How to style your open shelving

Open shelving is a popular trend in home styling. It's a great way to display your favourite items and add a touch of personality to your space.

However, styling open shelving can be challenging, it can be easy to over-clutter especially if you want to achieve a styled and curated look. In this blog post, we will share some tips and tricks on how to style your open shelving to make it look effortless, impress your guests and elevate your shelves!

Start with a clean slate

The first step in styling your open shelving is to start with a clean slate. Remove everything from the shelves and give them a good clean. This will give you a fresh canvas to work with.

Create a colour scheme

To achieve a sophisticated look, it's important to create a colour scheme. Choose a colour palette that complements the room and stick to it. This will create a cohesive look that will make your open shelving look intentional and polished.

Vary heights

When styling your open shelving, it's important to vary the heights of the items you are displaying. This will add interest and depth to your display. Mix tall items, such as vases and candlesticks, with shorter items, such as books and small decor items.

Use odd numbers

Odd numbers are more visually appealing than even numbers. When styling your open shelving, try to use odd numbers of items. For example, group three vases together or display five books on a shelf.

Add greenery

Adding greenery to your open shelving will bring life and freshness to your display. Plants also add texture and interest. Choose plants that complement your colour scheme and vary the types and sizes of plants you use.

Use books as decor

Books are a great way to add interest and height to your display. Use them to prop up other items or stack them horizontally to create a base for other things. Choose books that are in good condition and have interesting covers, cookbooks work well in the kitchen.

Play with symmetry

Symmetry is visually appealing and can add a professional look to your open shelving. Try to create balance on your shelves by grouping items in pairs or creating mirrored displays.

Add texture and interest

Trays, baskets, pots, and jars are a great way to round up smaller items and add texture to your display. Use them to group items together or create a set. Try to vary the sizes and shapes you use.

Styling your open shelving takes some planning and attention to detail, but by following these tips and tricks, you can create a cohesive and polished display that will showcase the items that have been trapped in your cupboards and elevate your space!


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