Styling Tips for Your Shelves

HI! I am a Charlotte-based blogger, photo stylist and interior designer. My blog, BeSoStyle, offers ideas for creating fresh interiors and simple, chic style. The name BeSoStyle is inspired by my daughters Bela and Sofi. It is about inspiring you to Be So YOU!… to create the interior and style that reflects your loves. I share behind-the-scenes of photo shoots, DIY creations, design finds, style trends + mood boards. This week I’m sharing tips on styling the perfect #shelfie. Take a look. I hope you’ll be inspired.

Tips for Styling a Simple + Chic Shelfie:

1. Balance the elements. When styling shelves, it’s all about the balance. You want to balance the colors and weight of objects. For this one, I kept the color palette fresh + clean since the shelf resides in an all-white kitchen. I wanted to carry that white-on-white look throughout. I chose to balance the whites with metallic accents and added a few natural textures, like the raffia tray … making sure the right and left side of the shelf got equal love with pretty white shapes.

2. Keep the mix simple. I love a layered shelf with a mix of bohemian, eclectic elements, full of color + texture… but sometimes with shelf-styling, less is more. Streamlining the color scheme to a blend of two or three colors keeps the look fresh and gives the eye places to focus and places to rest.

3. Add something organic. In this scenario I mixed in fresh potted herbs since these shelves are in the kitchen. Plants like succulents are perfect for shelves because you don’t have to water as frequently. You can also opt for adding organic shapes like driftwood or coral…or cut a fresh branch or two from outside and place them in a vase or jar (like I did for the kitchen island).

I hope you enjoyed this mini styling lesson. Did I motivate you to clear off a shelf and create something fresh?


Note: Kitchen designed by Kelley Vieregg of KVID {Interior Design} and all photos by Emily Decker of EA Decker Photography.

Styling Tips for Your Shelves


Photographer credit: Emily Decker of EA Decker Photography

Patti Borrelli