Ok, Monday I shared a little with you all on how I recently re-styled my dining room bookshelves (mainly how I went about selecting items for decorating the shelves), and today I am back to show you exactly how I put it all together!
Step 1: Accessorize the top and sides of the shelves.
Since the bookshelves were a little on the short side (we have tall ceilings) I knew I wanted to add some visual height to the top of the shelves, I did this by adding some green fern stems, woven baskets and large sea fans. And since I wanted to make the unit feel wider, I hung three plates on the wall space on either side of the bookshelves. White plates keep it simple and sophisticated.
Step 2: Place artwork in shelves.
I always incorporate framed art in bookshelves that I accessorize, so I added one tall framed seashell study to the center and a pair of smaller shadowboxes to the two side shelves. Framed art gives the shelves a focal point and a place for the eye to rest. If you would rather use photo frames, these work great too!
Step 3- Place storage baskets- I like to incorporate functional storage solutions whenever I am decorating a space, and these woven baskets provide a ton of storage! I like to place the baskets in the lower half of the shelves, since I would rather have my "prettys" up higher at eye-level. I also make sure to place the baskets in a somewhat symmetrical location so the shelves look more balanced.
Step 4- Place books. As I said before, every bookshelf needs books, so I like to place these next. I usually place the stacks in a somewhat alternating pattern, for example- the first shelf has a stack on the right, the next shelf has a stack on the left...this keeps all the books from being on the same side and gives the shelves some rhythm and interest.
Another trick is to be sure and stack larger books horizontally on your shelves, this will give height to your decorative items and add even more interest.
Step 5- Place dishes and glassware- For this dining room shelf unit, I am incorporating dishes and glassware, both because its practical AND its pretty! As you can see in the photo above, it's always best to vary the height of your items within each shelf.
Step 6- Place decorative items- So far, I have placed the baskets and books and framed art- these are the background "building blocks" of this bookshelf- now adding the dishes, glassware and decorative items will add the personality and interest! Once again, I use horizontal stacks of books to vary the heights of items and I try to keep the shelves balanced in overall appearance by repeating materials like glass, shells, dishes, etc...
Step 7- Add votive candles- I always like to add a little sparkle to my shelves by adding some votive candles- these look so great when lit up at night. Many times bookshelves can look dark, so whenever possible, add some sparkle with candles, whether they are real or battery operated.
Thanks so much for stopping by the cottage today! I hope this little tutorial helps you when decorating your shelves.