Modern Cottage Kitchen with open shelving.

Shelfie Goals: Inspiration for Styling Shelves in Any Nook or Cranny

Shelfie goals! Giving your shelves some love is a great way to add style to any room in your home. Whether you have a spacious kitchen, a cozy cottage, or a cozy nook, there’s a way to style your shelves to create a display you’ll love.

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Shelf Styling Basics: 6 Tips for Creating a Display You’ll Love

  • Less is more. Don’t overcrowd your shelves with too many items.
  • Add items that are personal to you. This will make your shelves feel more inviting and reflect your own unique style. Here, we have added our beloved pet photos.
Bookshelves styled with books and plants.
  • Include some functional items. Shelves can be a great way to store and display everyday items like cookbooks, dishes, and towels.
Brass Open Shelving in Kitchen.
  • You can never go wrong with plants and books! Plants add life and freshness to your space, while books provide visual interest and a touch of sophistication.
  • Use baskets and bins to organize smaller items. This is a great way to keep your shelves tidy and clutter-free.
  • Add a pop of color with a few brightly colored objects. This will help to make your shelves stand out and add visual interest.
Cottage bookshelves styled in a minimalist vibe.

Get Creative with Your Shelves: Fun and Unique Styling Ideas

  • Use your shelves to tell a story. Try grouping items by theme or color to create a cohesive and interesting display.
  • Don’t be afraid to mix and match different styles and textures. This will create a more dynamic and interesting display.
  • Adding Organic elements will add texture. I like to use branches, driftwood, vetiver root, basically anything from nature to add visual interest.
Books with organic vetiver root on shelf.
  • Use your shelves to display your collections. Whether it’s books, records, or travel souvenirs, your shelves are a great place to show off your passions.
  • The Shelving itself can be the star. Think brass or beautifully stained wood for open shelving in a kitchen or bathroom. These brass shelves are from Iron Abode and instantly elevated this kitchen.
Brass open shelving styled with glasses and plant in a modern cottage kitchen.
  • Use lighting to highlight your favorite items on your shelves. A well-placed lamp or spotlight can really make your favorite items stand out. This battery-powered lamp would be a perfect addition.
  • Create a vignette on your shelves by grouping together a few items to create a focal point. This could be a collection of books by your favorite author, a set of framed photos, or a group of objects that share the same color or theme.

Shelfie Goals: How to Style Shelves in Any Nook or Cranny

  • Think outside the box. Get creative by adding your favorite artwork to the back of your shelves or even the front!
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment. There are no rules when it comes to styling shelves. Maybe add some wallpaper or paint to the back of your shelves?
Kitchen nook with bookcase
  • For added texture, add some wood or shims. Try different things and see what works best for you and your space.
Books shelf with a wood shim background.
  • Have fun! Styling shelves should be an enjoyable experience. Relax, be creative, and have fun with it!
  • Change it up according to seasons. Switch a few things out each season to add a more festive feel. See how I styled shelves for a Christmas Cottage vibe here.
Shelving styled for Christmas.

I hope this post has given you some inspiration for styling your own shelves. Remember, there are no rules when it comes to styling shelves. Enjoy the process. I can’t wait to see your shelfie goals!

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Until next time,


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