How To Style Your Shelves

I always find spring is the perfect time for a great declutter, with the sunlight pouring through your space, it really gives you time to look at what needs work. Shelf styling is also a great way to create a focal point in your space, or swap around some items, that haven't felt the love in some time. We are here to provide you with some insider tips on how to get the best from your shelves this spring.


1. Start from scratch

Yes, you read correctly if it's a pre-existing shelf I highly recommend a clear out, so you can see what you're working with. You might be surprised with what you have. Donate some items to charity, move it to a different location in the house, make sure you have a good mix of items left over.


Delightfull Lamps | African style décor



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Eames Lounge Chair, Vitra

Dana, Patch

Marcello Bookcase, Made Dot Com

Michael Caine Portrait, Copper Dust


2. Choose your colour palette

Like with most things in designs, choosing the right colour palette is crucial. You only really need two colours which can be a base colour to bring everything together. An accent colour to highlight the space. Depending on the feel you're trying to go for it can be moody or light and airy.

South Shore Decorating | African style décor

 South Shore Decorating 


3. Add Artwork

Here comes the fun part, you don't have to be an avid art collector to get this right. It can be from your travels or pictures of your loved ones, so long as there is symmetry in the placement, it should work well together. Have a play around until you feel its right.


4. Botanical Extra's

Plants are very on trend these days, and if you can't keep them alive yourself you have great companies like Patch to give you a hand. Add them as a breakout on your shelf is a great way to add a touch of greenery to your space.

Jacquelyn Clark | African style décor

Jacquelyn Clark


5. Books Books Books

The final touches, the great thing about books is, you can add them horizontally or vertically, and if it has an exciting spine even better. The more the merrier when it comes to books. Definitely play around with them, until you have the right composition, that matches everything else on the shelf.

Style Caster | African style décor

Style Caster

How did you get on styling your shelf?
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Copper Dust June 05, 2019

Great tips and stunning imagery! Love your style! Thanks for sharing your gifts with the world🙏🏾

Ronnelle June 05, 2019

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