By Emily Gaudet
Shelves are one of those things that just about everyone has in the home. Unfortunately, they can be the most difficult space to accessorize. Open shelving and floating shelves are currently high in popularity, but they can easily appear cluttered or unbalanced if not done correctly.
When preparing to begin the process, first consider the purpose of your shelves. If your shelf is designed for storage of items that get everyday use, it is better to display items straight on as you would see in a retail or grocery store. This makes for a clean look and easy accessibility.
If your shelves are strictly for show, then it is best to group things in families and work at a diagonal. For example, if you have a rather neutral pallette and you introduce a color that tends to stand out then place that pop of color at a diagonal from the color on the shelf above.
The same principal goes for height, texture, or reflective surfaces. Avoid putting too much on your shelves. Keep in mind that the empty spaces are just as important as the items in between them. The right combination of positive and negative space is essential for creating balance.
When placing items, remember to work in odd numbers. Not too many single items or it tends to appear lonely. A single item is fine as long as you place a small grouping after the space.
When dealing with a lot of picture frames, slightly layer or stack different size frames together instead of lining them up in a row. You can also break up the monotony with a plant or a simple stack of books as well.
Finally, be creative with your shelving ideas. Don’t be afraid to use unconventional items such as books, wine crates, drawers, or old suitcases to create a shelf. These items are great to use in offices or kids rooms as it portrays a more funky and playful vibe. Hopefully these few tips and ideas will help to bring your shelves to the next level!