My dining room shelves got a much needed makeover this past weekend. While I’ve had some random pieces on my shelves since the holidays, they just didn’t look thought out or put together.
So, this weekend I cleared the shelves and attempted to change the look. I also got some new air plants (more on those later this week) and I was excited about incorporating them as well.
I don’t know about you, but when I decorate or style shelves, a mantel, or a bookcase, it always takes multiple attempts to get things looking right. And by multiple attempts I mean dozens and dozens of tweaks over the course of at least an hour or two.
I find it best to start with a blank slate. Take everything off the shelves and dust / clean them. Then I take a moment to figure out the look I’m going for or story I want to tell. For now, I wanted something fresh and neutral with a hint of green. I then run around my house, gathering anything that I think will fit into this scheme and lay it all out on the dining room table.
Once I have everything I could possibly need, I start filling the shelves. I can’t say I really have any particular plan when I’m doing this, I just do what I think looks good. Just take your time and have fun with it.
Sometimes it helps to set up your shelves and walk away for a few minutes and come back and look at them again. It’s such a visually stimulating process so it helps to give your mind a break and cut the frustration.
In the end, as long as you love it, that’s all that really matters. For more ideas, you can check out my shelves inspired by a lemonade stand and coffee bar, my Ode to Oz, or if you’re feeling seasonal, my holiday display.
What do you think of this latest look?