The new look for shelves

Think the style you learned 10 years ago for shelves is still “in”?
Think again!

New styles for shelf decorating
Shelves you see in magazines today are sparsely furnished, incorporate lots of neutral colors and natural objects.

Yesterday’s look of mixing textures and objects to give shelves a lived-in, intricate look has been replaced by a more uniform, monochromatic look. Shelves you see in magazines today are sparsely furnished, incorporate lots of neutral colors and natural objects.

For a fresh look on your shelves, try incorporating one or more of the following ideas:

  • Turn your piles of books around to show the colorless pages rather than the colorful spines.
  • Turn the dust jackets inside out to make them all white.
  • Have all frames in a similar finish: try black, white, beige or silver.
  • Incorporate a few nautical pieces: rope, shells, coral.
  • When adding color, pick one vibrant tone to contrast with the neutrals. Teal and yellow are hot options.
  • Artificial greens are still nice in moderation, but try using succulents instead of ivy.
  • Leave 1/3 of each shelf empty.

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