We get asked to come in and style open shelving and built-ins for various projects. In addition to client projects, we also have to style for all of our photo shoots. Styling takes some time and planning to achieve your final look but you’ll be very happy with the results. See our styling tips below!
Taking inventory of what you currently have is key to getting started with styling. Do you have any items that you picked up while traveling, items you were gifted or bought that you just love? That is a good place to start. And if you want to start from scratch and re-fresh your entire space, that works too. The same principles apply that we list below.
Once you have all of your items gathered, new and old, put them all in one location and start grouping by color and/or type. We typically group in pairs or in groupings of three. When we stack books, we group by the color binding and size. Books are great to also lay flat and place a box, picture frame or decorative object on top. We always start by laying out the larger items and then work our way down each shelf filling in with smaller pieces until we have achieved our vision. One other rule to think about is not to overcrowd your shelf so at the very end, it’s best to take a look at your shelving and make sure it doesn’t have too many items or feel crowded. Less is sometimes more!