5 Key Items You Need to Create A Perfectly Styled Shelf

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What is a perfectly styled shelf? What gives a shelf the interior decorator designed style? Do you ever wonder why some shelves really make you stop and take a look, while others are flying under the radar?

5 Key Items You Need to Create a Perfectly Styled Shelf. What makes a shelf have that interior decorator feel, do you ever wonder why some shelves really make you stop and take a look while others are basically flying under the radar? Follow this list with the 5 key items your shelf must have for a perfectly styled look.

Whether your style is farmhouse, minimal, modern, or rich and dark, these 5 items will enhance, balance, and ensure you create a perfectly styled shelf.

1) First of all, use something natural or organic.  Often, this takes the form of a plant or flower, but can also be a simple decor item with touches of wood or rope.

5 Key Items You Need to Create your Perfectly Styled Shelf, what makes a shelf have that interior decorator feel, do you ever wonder why some shelves really make you stop and take a look while others are basically flying under the radar? Follow this list with the 5 key items your shelf must have for a perfectly styled look.

Adorable Wooden Sign or a jar with rope

5 Key Items you need to create your perfectly styled shelf. What makes a shelf have that interior decorator feel, do you ever wonder why some shelves really make you stop and take a look while others are basically flying under the radar? Follow this list with the 5 key items your shelf must have for a perfectly styled look.

Flowers or a Plant

5 Key Items you need to create your perfectly styled shelf. What makes a shelf have that interior decorator feel, do you ever wonder why some shelves really make you stop and take a look while others are basically flying under the radar? Follow this list with the 5 key items your shelf must have for a perfectly styled look.

 

2) Use something vertical. These are the items we tend to add to shelves without giving them a second thought. Vertical items are generally abundant and easy to find in our homes. Photos, framed prints, candlesticks, vases, and books are in this category.  Make sure the item is taller than it is wide, and you have this one covered!

5 Key Items you need to create a perfectly styled shelf, what makes a shelf have that interior decorator feel, do you ever wonder why some shelves really make you stop and take a look while others are basically flying under the radar? Follow this list with the 5 key items your shelf must have for a perfectly styled look.

Framed print, this one is a creation by my friend Shelia Joy, her blog is ‘In Search of Sheila.’

I love decorating with framed quotes because they are an easy to swap out and add something fresh to my shelf without spending a lot of money,

5 Key Items you need to create your perfectly styled shelf. What makes a shelf have that interior decorator feel, do you ever wonder why some shelves really make you stop and take a look while others are basically flying under the radar? Follow this list with the 5 key items your shelf must have for a perfectly styled look.

Candlesticks, vases, and bottles. (Vertical decor)

I am infatuated with this green bottle from Wayfair.ca, you can check out their selection of glass vases >> here .

3) Use something that shines, glows or is glossy. Anything that catches the light. All three items in my picture above fit in this category! The flower and metal candlestick on the left definitely glows (when lit), the teal bottle on the right catches the light, and the silver bottle sparkles!

 

5 Key Items you need to create your perfectly styled shelf, what makes a shelf have that interior decorator feel, do you ever wonder why some shelves really make you stop and take a look while others are basically flying under the radar? Follow this list with the 5 key items your shelf must have for a perfectly styled look.

Pink glitzy vase and glowing tea light holder.

4) Add something horizontal. Be sure to add horizontal lines to your shelf in the form of a tray, a decorative box, a word sign, or stacked books, just to name a few. Let me know your ideas for any of these key item categories to a perfectly styled shelf in the comments below the post.

5 Key Items you need to create your perfectly styled shelf, what makes a shelf have that interior decorator feel, do you ever wonder why some shelves really make you stop and take a look while others are basically flying under the radar? Follow this list with the 5 key items your shelf must have for a perfectly styled look.

So cute,  ♥ love the writing on the top and sides of this box!

5 Key Items to create your perfectly styled shelf. What makes a shelf have that interior decorator feel, do you ever wonder why some shelves really make you stop and take a look while others are basically flying under the radar? Follow this list with the 5 key items your shelf must have for a perfectly styled look.

Use that wooden tray your hubby brings you coffee in bed on, it is a perfect horizontal item for your shelf.  Say what? Oh right, I was dreaming again.  No breakie in bed lately, he is golfing and I am blogging.  Go ahead, find that unused tray, and wipe the dust off.  It has to be good for something right.  Alternatively, try some decorative books like the ones pictured below from wayfair.com or simply add paper covers in your choice of color to a couple of your own books.

5 Key items to create your perfectly styled shelf. Decorator books from Wayfair. What makes a shelf have that interior decorator feel, do you ever wonder why some shelves really make you stop and take a look while others are basically flying under the radar? Follow this list with the 5 key items your shelf must have for a perfectly styled look.

Decorative books – Wayfair

5) Finally, add something unique. Use something that is a geometric shape, or out of the ordinary. This item often says a lot about your personality or individual style. Furthermore, this item might be that one piece of art or decor that can stand alone on a shelf, and really give it that ‘WOW’ factor.

5 Key Items to create your perfectly styled shelf. What makes a shelf have that interior decorator feel, do you ever wonder why some shelves really make you stop and take a look while others are basically flying under the radar? Follow this list with the 5 key items your shelf must have for a perfectly styled look.

This hourglass is unique and glitzy while also adding an additional horizontal object to any shelf.

5 Key Items to create your perfectly styled shelf. What makes a shelf have that interior decorator feel, do you ever wonder why some shelves really make you stop and take a look while others are basically flying under the radar? Follow this list with the 5 key items your shelf must have for a perfectly styled look.

The white, geometric star thingy, (highly technical term) on the left is my unique item on this shelf. You can purchase this item from Pottery Barn, the link is in the Shop4You list below.

So there you have it. The next time you want to perfectly style your shelf, remember to utilize this list to ensure you have items in each category before you start. Get your items ready and come back soon for my easy guide to shelf styling!

Need more inspiration to style your shelf? You are in luck, click on the blue Shop4You links below to check out these Perfectly Styled Shelf items I adore.

Smiles from Lisagirl xo

Shop4You

5 Key items for a perfectly styled shelf.

 

1.Artful shelf with whitewashed French farmhouse finish – Minted

Vertical

5 Key Items for a perfectly styled shelf. This sweet hexagon with dots in blue is available from minted.com

2.Blue Dot Framed Print – Minted

Unique or interesting.

5 Key items to create your perfectly styled shelf. Set of 3 glass balls from Pottery Barn. What makes a shelf have that interior decorator feel, do you ever wonder why some shelves really make you stop and take a look while others are basically flying under the radar? Follow this list with the 5 key items your shelf must have for a perfectly styled look.

3.Recycled glass balls – Pottery Barn

Unique or different, geometric.

5 Key Items for Your Perfectly Styled Shelf. One of my favorite decor items is this Star Object from West Elm.What makes a shelf have that interior decorator feel, do you every wonder why some shelves really make you stop and take a look while others are basically flying under the radar? Follow this list with the 5 key items your shelf must have for a perfectly styled look.

4.One of my favorite things is this Star Object – West Elm

Vertical

5 Key Items to create your perfectly styled shelf. This cement vase is available at Pottery Barn.com. What makes a shelf have that interior decorator feel, do you ever wonder why some shelves really make you stop and take a look while others are basically flying under the radar? Follow this list with the 5 key items your shelf must have for a perfectly styled look.

5.Cement Bottle Vase – Pottery Barn

 

Natural or Organic

5 Key items to create your perfectly styled shelf. This glass lantern is available at Pottery Barn. What makes a shelf have that interior decorator feel, do you ever wonder why some shelves really make you stop and take a look while others are basically flying under the radar? Follow this list with the 5 key items your shelf must have for a perfectly styled look.

6.Glass Lantern – Pottery Barn

 

Horizontal

5 Key Items to create your Perfectly Styled Shelf. Family Wooden Sign from Pottery Barn. What makes a shelf have that interior decorator feel, do you ever wonder why some shelves really make you stop and take a look while others are basically flying under the radar? Follow this list with the 5 key items your shelf must have for a perfectly styled look.7.Wooden Decorative Plaque – Pottery Barn

Horizontal and super sweet.

5 Key Items to create your Perfectly Styled Shelf. this adorable laquer wood tray is available at West Elm. What makes a shelf have that interior decorator feel, do you ever wonder why some shelves really make you stop and take a look while others are basically flying under the radar? Follow this list with the 5 key items your shelf must have for a perfectly styled look.

8.Decorative Trays – West Elm

Sparkly, and glitzy

5 Key Items to create your Perfectly Styled Shelf. This Belves 8 Piece Glass Votive Set is available from Wayfair.ca. What makes a shelf have that interior decorator feel, do you ever wonder why some shelves really make you stop and take a look while others are basically flying under the radar? Follow this list with the 5 key items your shelf must have for a perfectly styled look.

9. Glass Votive Set – Wayfair

Glitzy glam

5 Key items to create your perfectly styled shelf. These mosaic boxes are available at the Pottery Barn. What makes a shelf have that interior decorator feel, do you ever wonder why some shelves really make you stop and take a look while others are basically flying under the radar? Follow this list with the 5 key items your shelf must have for a perfectly styled look.

10. Mosaic Boxes – Wayfair

 

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5 Key Items to create your perfectly styled shelf. What makes a shelf have that interior decorator feel, do you ever wonder why some shelves really make you stop and take a look while others are basically flying under the radar? Follow this list with the 5 key items your shelf must have for a perfectly styled look.

Posted July 19, 2017 by Lisa in Create Space, Products2Luv / 105 Comments

105 responses to “5 Key Items You Need to Create A Perfectly Styled Shelf

  1. Great tips! It’s posts like this that make me want to redesign my entire home. I especially love that half-painted wooden sign at the beginning and the glass lantern – very farmhouse chic.

    • Thanks Taylor, glad you enjoyed the post. That new wooden sign is pretty sweet hey. There are so many wonderful decor items online now! Check out the Shop4You list below for some great options.

    • Thanks for stopping by Rosanna! Wouldn’t it be lovely to choose items from the prop house you work at to decorate our homes, oh dreamy!

    • Thank you for checking out the new post, it is nice to hear feedback from you. Happy that this was helpful for you and you can use it the guide!

  2. Meg

    Great post Lisa! The little details of interior design is something that gets so easily overlooked but can make all the difference in the room! Thanks for sharing your tips!
    PS I LOVE the star thingy! So unique and cool! Great find!

  3. Great tips Lisa!
    I am so busy with the kiddos that I wish I had the time to do all this pretty stuff you just showed me how to do. I’ll be pinning this. 🙂

  4. I just hung shelves in my new office and used a lot of these tips to decorate them! I think adding different heights and textures really helped balance them out!

  5. Thanks for the tips Lisa! I like the one about adding something organic like a plant and something vertical, wouldn’t have thought about it. And in love with the little plant on the pink background 🙂

  6. This is such a huge help because my husband & I just bought a new home and i’ve been on a decorating spree lately. I’m re-doing every room as we move in but for some reason, shelves stump me sometimes so i’m pinning this as a guide to use the next time i’m stumped. Thank you for sharing!!

  7. Wonderful design tips for the shelves! I like the hour glass and recycled glass balls- pottery barns. My friend recently bought a new house will share these tips with her. Thanks for sharing

  8. This is great advice for me since my shelves are full of random things. I should take time to organize them and display them in a more attractive way.

  9. Claudia Krusch

    I love to change the look of a room. Changing the accessories in the room is a great way to freshen up a space. I am in love with the Mosaic Boxes.

  10. Jenny

    Thanks Lisa:))) This post inspires me so much that I’ll definitely apply some of them, especially the hourglass. These things look so cool:)) Hope I can make it

  11. I love home decor stuff! My husband and I just moved into our new house three months, and we are in the process of decorating it. There is just so much cute stuff out there that I want to buy!

  12. Lovely thank you. I have very little surfaces in my apartment, hence my excitement for when I get a house of my own. I absolutely love shelves, especially the floating ones because they can add so much character to a place. The items you mentioned, you can get them so reasonably! Thank you!

  13. Shelves are one of those simple things that we all have on our houses, yet few of us utilize to their full extent. My shelves normally end up cluttered and looking mismash, no matter my initial goal. These are good suggestions, thank you

  14. Awesome tips!! I recently styled my fireplace ledge (I see it like a shelf) and it was so fun to come up with a theme and look…I do wish I had your tips when i was doing it – maybe it wouldn’t have taken me as long 😉

  15. I love looking at unique ideas for shelving and for room decor in general! This definitely inspired me to make my quite messy and un photogenic shelving look beautiful!

  16. Rebecca Swenor

    These are great key items to use for a perfectly styled shelf. This hourglass is indeed unique and I would love to use this on a shelf. The pink glitzy vase with flowers, a photo, and some tealight candles in little holders would look great in my opinion. Thanks for sharing the tips.

  17. Love this!! I have some floating shelfs I have been slacking on putting up, but you have me some great ideas on how to style them when they are put up!

  18. As an advid book and bookshelf lover, I LOVE this list. Making my bookshelfs look pretty is important to me and I can’t wait to try out your tips.

    • Joni, I would love to see a picture of your bookshelf after you implement these tips. It would be great to see how someone else takes my ideas and brings them to life!

  19. I love glitzy, shiny things and little writing or coffee trays! I too, use printables to change up the decor for cheap lol! Awesome ideas and such cute pieces!

    • Heather, I think using printables is my biggest money saver. Home printers can do such high quality printing now and you can always find a free printable or create one to fill a frame and match your current decor style!

  20. This is so helpful! I always know what I like when I see home design, but then I never know how to recreate it. I really like your tips of using something organic, and also incorporating something vertical. I never really thought about these two points before. Thanks!

    • Hi Paula, I have found that if I don’t take my time and be intentional when styling a shelf, it can end up looking like I just piled a bunch of stuff on a shelf, cluttered and messy. Not at all how I want my home to feel and look.

    • Hi Cristina, these tips work on a shelving unit as well. When styling an entire shelf unit, say a ladder shelf, use an assortment of items that fulfill these five key areas and the shelf will look complete!

  21. I’m so glad you shared this! I’m working on my baby’s nursery and have been at such a loss over what to put on his shelf. Thank you so much!

  22. I am in love with the cement bottle vase from pottery barn <3 …. These are some great tips and I excited to style my place 😀

  23. I love these specific tips to a well-rounded shelf! I would like to see some examples of finished shelves with your comments on how they fit the guidelines.

  24. Candles, vases, and faux plants are the way to go for me – timeless, classic, and inviting. I can’t wait to own a home to explore more into my ideal style!

  25. Sian

    Very useful post as we’re in the process of refurbing our apartment. I love West Elm and that vase from Wayfair has really caught my eye. Pinning to come back to later. Thanks for these ideas!

  26. I’m actually right in the middle of re-decorating my dining room shelves… I loved this post and I will definitely be referencing back here to get the perfect look!! 😀

  27. I love this! I’m thinking of placing more books and a few flowers on mine. Still have to reorganize and declutter though :/ that would be my first step!

  28. Elizabeth O

    Having a nice shelf is awesome. So these 5 items to make my shelf perfectly designed? Hmm sounds good. I will try these tips. It is pleasing to the eyes and saves space like what I have seen in the pictures.

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