Shelf styling: The interior design trend making shelves a stylish focal point


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Plants and flowers are also great decorative choices as they add life and freshness to inanimate objects. Photo: our.house.40/Instagram

When it comes to decorating or redecorating, sometimes you need less rather than more. The shelf styling trend, for example, involves displaying fewer objects, but arranging them in a more aesthetically pleasing way.

It cuts down on colours, but makes careful, considered choices about the chromatic palette. In short, it's a more minimalist approach that can bring an air of calm and serenity to home interiors.

Queen of tidy Marie Kondo says that if you surround yourself with things that bring joy, you will create a home and a life that you love. So, how about channelling your inner Marie Kondo to tackle the cluttered shelves in your home?

The first thing to bear in mind is that it's almost impossible to make a mistake in the shelf styling process, according to Gillian Segal, a Vancouver-based interior designer, who has featured in Vogue magazine.

With the shelf styling trend, there are fewer objects on display, but these are arranged in a more aesthetically pleasing way. Photo: AFPWith the shelf styling trend, there are fewer objects on display, but these are arranged in a more aesthetically pleasing way. Photo: AFP

However, a few tips can help you in the process.

Create space

It seems obvious, but the first thing to do is to remove the entire contents of your shelves. Give away or throw out anything you don't want anymore, while thanking those items for their good and loyal service, according to Kondo's advice. Second, while we tend to fill up every inch of space, shelves look much more stylish when objects have room to breathe. It's also a good idea to start with white and then expand your colour palette accordingly.

Place your heavy or bulky items towards the bottom, like large books or baskets. Photo: stylingourabode/InstagramPlace your heavy or bulky items towards the bottom, like large books or baskets. Photo: stylingourabode/Instagram

Create balance

Start by balancing out the items on your shelves. Place your heavy or bulky items towards the bottom, like large books or baskets. Then, when it comes to other decorative items, the choice is yours. Frames for family photos are a clever starting point, around which you can lay out the rest. Plants and flowers are also a great decorative choice. They add life and freshness to inanimate objects.

Create order

Are you a fan of books, comics or vinyl? Gather them in one place and arrange them by size or colour. Another great option is to store them in decorative boxes that will add elegance and texture to your living room. If you have a collection of items (perfume, collectible books, pottery), put them together in odd numbers – three, five, seven or more. Three is a great number, but it depends on how many items you have. Repeating decorative elements or arrangements helps create a flow. Just remember to vary their position on the shelves, so that they aren't lined up directly under each other. Instead, let the eye zigzag across the shelves.

Bring variety to your shelves by playing with size and shape. Photo: saltdesignco/InstagramBring variety to your shelves by playing with size and shape. Photo: saltdesignco/Instagram

Play with shapes and sizes

Finally, bring variety to your shelves by playing with size and shape. Think, for example, of using framed art prints, original photo prints or, for a more budget-friendly option, try stylish posters or postcards with a sleek, minimalist look. But how can you check the results of your hard work? According to Segal, you need to step back and not hesitate to change things around. Sometimes, the idea you have in your head doesn't look as good as you think in real life. Time to get started! – AFP Relaxnews

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