Shelves hold books, nicknacks, pottery pieces, artwork, and more, serving both functional and aesthetic purposes for any room in the house. Better Homes and Gardens offers a variety of suggestions on maximizing shelf space whilst having an eye toward design. Here are some of those good ideas.
- Keep it simple — don’t pack in too many items, lest you create the look and feel of clutter.
- Coordinate your colors — if your room has a scheme going, let it flow onto the shelves.
- Add backsplash — cover the backs of shelves with interesting wallpaper or printed fabric.
- Use pottery as bookends – sturdy clay pieces are functional and add interest.
- Up and across — stack books vertically and horizontally to create visual dimension.
- Bring in the baskets and boxes — use them to hold children’s toys or small items you want within reach but out of sight.
Above all, use a personal sense of style to accessorize your shelves with the items you want to see and keep within reach. The key is to avoid haphazard arrangements.