Tessa Jones in How to Guides — 13.05.2020
Our shelves are the fingerprints of our interiors, no two persons will be the same. However big or small your space, we use them not just for storage but also to showcase our most loved possessions. Unlike other aspects of your interiors one of the benefits of styling shelves is that it's never a permanent change. Pieces can come and go as part of a giant mood board, reflecting changing seasons, styles and tastes. But more often than not a display that looks effortlessly curated is the result of hours of careful consideration and thought. With plenty of time on our hands at the moment, we can't think of a better way to spend an afternoon than playing around, arranging and re-arranging our favourite objects. So, we have put together a helpful guide on how to get the most our of your shelves, including some top tips from our founder, Martin Waller.
Photo: Divine Design
Photo: Hollie Bowden
Start by deciding what it is you want to display. Half empty shelves can often look unfinished or over styled so begin by gathering together all of the objects you want to include, making sure you have enough to comfortably fill your shelves. This will also give you the opportunity to consider how wide, deep and high your shelves need to be, and which objects will fit where. As Martin suggests, start with the largest objects first, these will provide a framework for you to work around and fill in the gaps with smaller pieces.
Use of colour plays an important role in the overall look and impact of your shelves. It's worth considering the wider use of colour across the whole area rather than in small sections. For example, arranging a whole bookshelf by the colour of the book spines as Karv One have done above, can turn a generic looking bookcase into a design statement. Alternatively, gathering a a collection of objects in a single colour across all your sehlves is just as effective. Martin's display of white pots gives texture to the space and enhances the natural green of the plant, whilst Mary Douglas-Drysdale makes a unique style statement by incorporating unexpected white objects in her display of white books.
Photo: Martin's collection of white pots displayed in his hallway
Photo: Sculpture Study of Winston Churchill on Martin's Library shelves
Photo: Lloyd Cook