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Many well designed homes and establishments have grand open shelves that are beautifully styled. These shelves are great for decorating, because they add interest and a bit of quirkiness to a room while displaying prized collections. But compiling a beautifully curated shelf can be tricky, so we’ve got a few tips to help you with yours.

Beautify the wall

Apply wallpaper or fabric on the back panel of your bookshelf or cabinet. It is a great way to add interest to the room and make the items on the shelf pop.

Paint it

Painting your shelf or cabinet is another way to make the items stand out or blend in. Decide on what you want to do, and then paint it in a colour that will help you achieve the desired look.

Stack it

If you’re styling a bookshelf don’t be afraid to play around by stacking up your books. Stack some of them horizontally and some vertically, and add objects on top of the books.

Bigger is better

Fill your shelves with big items  as opposed to lots of small pieces, as the small items will make it look cluttered. The big items help to visually break things up on the shelf and are great for filling up negative space or balancing out the shelf. You could also start styling your shelf by placing the big objects first.

Simply symmetrical

Symmetry is essential when it comes to styling shelves. You can stack up some books horizontally and place them next to books that are stacked vertically. Remember to repeat this pattern a few times. Also, if there is a big object on the left side of the shelf, balance it out with another substantial object on the right.

Accessorize

Gather up some of your precious trinkets and artifacts, and display them on the shelf along with your books, or whatever you’re displaying to add character.

Keep trying

Even professional interior designers struggle to get it right the first time around. Keep playing with the composition and swopping things around until you’re happy with your shelf. When it comes to styling, practice makes perfect.