When you look up at your big empty shelves, it can feel like you’re a painter staring at an empty canvas or a writer contemplating a blank page. It can be overwhelming. It is often difficult to know where to start. How do I arrange everything to look good? How should I group items together? Should I arrange by size or by color?
You can either make it or break it with shelves. There is a fine line between cluttered and intentional when it comes to dressing up your shelves. They're often the perfect choice if you need a bit more storage or if you want to add some visual interest to a space. And since they come in all different styles and sizes, they're incredibly versatile. Shelves prominently displayed on the wall can actually take the place of artwork.
The laundry room is another great spot to add shelves if you have the space. You can increase your storage space with a couple of extra floating shelves and quickly upgrade the functionality of your laundry room. If you don’t need the extra storage room, you can add some artwork or some plants to warm up your space.
Although to many this may seem like an easy, self-explanatory step, it is often the most forgotten or ignored rule of shelf decorating. Get rid of any clutter that should be thrown out, eliminate anything that you don’t use anymore, and donate anything that may still be good but you just no longer love. A frequent shelf mistake we see is styling with too many small objects. Think of it this way: the more items you have on a shelf, the less of an impact each individual item is going to make. Some pieces are even large and dramatic enough to stand alone on a shelf. Having a few small decorative objects you love is okay, but make sure you retain a healthy mix of decor and keep nothing beyond what you need.