I am someone who really appreciates beauty, whether that comes in the form of a stunning sea view, a small child’s beaming smile, or a perfectly arranged shelf, I’m easy. Yes, you read that right – I will happily sit back and admire a beautiful shelf from the comfort of my armchair; why not?
Many of you will already know that I’m not blessed with green fingers (I generally forget to water plants), in fact my home has more fake plants in it than I care to admit! But, I am always up for a challenge, so when Wayfair (one of the world’s largest online retailers of home furnishings and décor) asked me if I would like to try my hand at bringing the outdoors in, I was more than happy to oblige.
After years of experimenting (aka obsessively rearranging my shelves until they are aesthetically at their best), I’ve learnt a few tricks, which I thought I would share with you today.
1. Think odd numbers
The human eye tends to wander to the centre of a group so displaying things in odd numbers simply creates a more pleasing display and a sense of balance.
2. Stack books horizontally
Why stick with what you’ve always done? Books often have really imaginative and pretty covers these days, so pick out the best ones and make a display of them.
3. Create height first
If you’re not sure where to start, add the taller items to your display first. Lots of smaller items can make a shelf look cluttered and untidy.
4. Add a pop of colour
For maximum impact, pick out a colour already in your room and add an accessory like a vase, in that vibrant colour. We have a bright pink chair that regularly features on Instagram, hence the reason for this cerise pink candle.
5. Modernise a shelf by including metallic accessories
I usually try to stick to one metal in a room and as this shelving unit has silver joints, silver it is! Silver works really well if you want to create a modern look.
6. Work with negative space
Don’t be afraid of negative space; space is good! It allows shelves to ‘breathe’ and the things you want to show off, will stand out.
7. Create balance with photo frames of a similar shape on opposing ends
Balance makes things pleasing to the eye and although the frames don’t need to match (in fact I personally think they look better if they don’t), similar shapes are a good idea.
8. Add eye-catching hanging plants to create interest
We talked about height earlier and a hanging ivy is ideal for adding interest to an otherwise fairly linear shelf.
9. Give a plant purpose
Greenery is a great way to bring a shelf to life. If you want your plant to have a purpose, small potted plants make brilliant book ends.
10. Personalise your shelves
If you like it, include it! Make your shelves say something about you. I have always wanted a terrarium and having been given the chance to experiment a little, I created one. Why wouldn’t I give it pride of place on my shelves? Just try to avoid placing it near a radiator and look for plants that don’t need a lot of sunlight to survive.
I’m sure you’ll agree that the addition of greenery gives the shelf a certain je ne sais quoi? Wayfair has a huge selection of plant pots in every shape, colour, style and texture to suit your room/shelf. If you’re interested, the ones I picked out are the Vintage Heart Plant Pot Set, the Reales Geometric Plant Pot in white and the Yuan Terrarium.
Let’s see how long I can keep these babies alive!
** This post is sponsored by Wayfair but all photographs, words and opinions are my own **