You should treat every room you have as an original outfit. You are the one in charge of getting this room dressed and ready. There are the basics of an outfit and then there are the accessories, the things that really make a person unique. Anyone can buy a shirt from the GAP (or in this case paint their home and buy some Pottery Barn) but your individual style lies in the details, the accessories.
So do your shelves look like this….
And you really want them to look like this…
Here are my go to rules to styling your shelves:
Be able to determine which items you want on your shelves and which do not belong. You can not possibly keep and showcase everything you have. Be selective. A never be afraid to throw away items. No matter how well decorated, a house with too much clutter won’t be pleasing to the eye.
2. MIX AND MATCH.
Try and incorporate other items on to the shelves besides what is conventional. A bookshelf does not have to be all books. It is more interesting to combine picture frames and souvenirs from trips. Also, there is no reason to keep items on separate shelves
3. UNIQUE PIECES.
I have said this before, but I will say it a million times. Do not buy things just to fill space. You want everything in your home to have meaning. If you spend money to buy cheap things to fill space you will end up with a house full of things you don’t love that cost the same amount as a few things you really do love. Make sure you fill your shelves with conversational pieces, ones you really want to show the world.
You are allowed to change your mind. Nothing is set in stone and everything should be constantly evolving. Make sure your shelves change and rotate. And definitely make sure they are not dusty!!