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One of the must-haves for our new house was a set of built-in shelves. I was so excited when we bought a home with two rooms with built-in shelves, but quickly learned it is difficult to decorate built-ins. Last weekend my talented friend Christina, from Christina on the Daily, came over for a shelf styling session. I’m so excited to share Christina’s tips with you for styling built-in shelves.
What to Use to Decorate Shelves
Candlestick Holders – variety of sizes, metals, etc.
Baskets – variety of shapes, sizes, and styles
Framed Art or Photos
Glass Bottles – variety of shapes, sizes, and colors
Plant life – faux or real
Tip 1: Collect items for decorating FIRST
Christina brought over two baskets of decor from her home to show me how to style the shelves in our great room.
NOTE: Before you go out and buy new decor, look around your house for items. Everything you see in this post both Christina and I already owned and was not purchased for the post.
Tip 2: Less is More
Crowded bookshelves can make a room feel smaller, so try strategically placing items on your shelf. I love the less is more approach when it comes to decorating, especially for the white built-in shelves in my home.
Tip 3: Balance Object Heights Evenly
Consider the heights of your objects when decorating your shelves. It is important to balance object heights evenly – and so much more appealing to your eye!
Tip 4: Spray paint old books
If you love the look of plain book bindings, use flat white spray paint to cover up the author and title on an old book. You can find old books at thrift stores, consignment shops, or even tag sales for just a couple of dollars.
Tip 5: Add water to the bottom of the vase of a faux plant.
Adding water to the bottom of a glass vase filled with faux plants makes them appear to be REAL. Just a little bit goes a long way.
Tip 6: Group glass vases and bottles
Christina has been collecting glass bottles for a couple of years. She groups them by placing the tall bottles in the middle and smaller bottles on the outside.
My Styled Built-In Shelves
After Christina decorated my shelves with her items, she used some of my favorite objects to decorate the built-ins. I’m in love with my newly styled built-ins!
I’m so excited to use Christina’s tips when decorating my built in shelves! I have a great collection of items now, but will continue to build up the possibilities for shelf decor.
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Caitlin Houston is a Connecticut based life and style blogger.