Think the style you learned 10 years ago for shelves is still “in”?
Yesterday’s look of mixing textures and objects to give shelves a lived-in, intricate look has been replaced by a more uniform, monochromatic look.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.