Arrange Your Shelves with Style

wallpaper book shelfShelves can be a true pinnacle of where chic meets function… or they can be a jumbled eyesore! One true sign of sophisticated decor is a thoughtfully arranged shelf. Mixing books with framed photos, vases, shells and sculptures is an expressive art form. Your shelves are more than just a handy place to pile books and keep electronics and clutter! They are a stage to set the tone of your space, a place to display your collections and precious memories in an attractive and organized manner. This will help bring your personality to life in the room, and give your treasures a well deserved presentation. If you have built-ins, you are lucky indeed! If not, you can get the look with a tall bookcase or a pair that match, set against the wall and painted to coordinate. Either way, adding a splash of color and pattern to the back of your shelves is a brilliant way to create a dazzling focal point for your arrangement. Below are a few of our absolute favorite looks for well appointed shelves in decor, followed by a few tips on styling your own perfect arrangement!

Well Organized built-in shelves give this room panache!

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Well Organized built-in shelves give this room panache!

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Well Organized built-in shelves give this room panache!

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Well Organized built-in shelves give this room panache!

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Well Organized built-in shelves give this room panache!

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Well Organized built-in shelves give this room panache!

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Well Organized built-in shelves give this room panache!

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Well Organized built-in shelves give this room panache!

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1. A potpourri of pretty: Each of the above shelves is completely unique but they all have one thing in common: diversity. Mix and match books with candles, shells, framed art and family photographs, small statues, curiosity items, ceramics, plants… whatever you have collected that you love! As long as you don’t overcrowd your shelves, you should be able to find a balance that showcases your style with panache!

2. Arrange, then step back… and Re-arrange: Your shelves can be an evolving art installation, changing as you acquire new things to display, or to accomodate for fun seasonal decor items, or just to refresh the look of your room! Try arranging everything, then studying the overall look before re-approaching the shelf to make final adjustments.

3. Keep a Secret Stash: be honest with yourself about the fact that some things might end up on the shelf that do not necessarily merit being on display. Most of us have a lot of stuff and might have a tendency to toss mail, remotes, receipts, trinkets, keepsakes, etc. onto our shelves. It helps to have an attractive basket or box in your display mix so that you can stash less than lovely items with ease.

 

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The Tom Ford Summer Collection is a perfect match to this modern wallpaper that fuses a vibrant red, soft orange and warm beige for a sizzling brilliance on walls.

Most of us wait all year for those first signs of summer…warmth, sunshine, long beach days, colorful sunsets and updating ones wardrobe from drab winter tones to fresh, happy shades, including switching out that dark nail tone for a more vivid alternative. So why not do the same with your décor?

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Mint Green Makeovers

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Mint as seen in nature (images via pinterest)

From ocean scenes to fresh florals, mint green hues can actually be found all around us. Linked to both nature and peace, this cool and calming color brings an aspect of serenity to a variety of decor including furniture, walls, linens and more. Its soft, mild tone makes it almost like a neutral, allowing it to pair well with a variety of shades that are both bold and mellow. By adding just a splash of mint to your space to dressing its entire interior, this soothing hue will encourage a renewing energy inside your home that’s as wonderful as a warm summer’s breeze.

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Mint accents (images via houzz & etsy)

Adding mint as an accent color in your room tends to bring out its sweet and playful side. Usually paired against a more neutral background, this sudden pop of pretty provides the eye with a lovely and unexpected resting point that’s both relaxing and beautiful.

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Elegant to rustic, mint accents always look fresh (images via pinterest)

Besides being an ideal accent color, Mint can easily transition from one room to another transforming bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens and bathrooms into airy living spaces that are both beautiful to look at and reside in.

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Mint in the living room – Accenting with darker shades like brown, black or a dark raspberry tone invites a more modern vibe to your space, while still maintaining that fresh and calming undertone (image via houzz)

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Mint in the bathroom – Adding a light mint hue to bathroom walls creates an environment that’s both clean and soothing (image via Brewster Home Fashions)

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