• Julie Sousa

How to Decorate Shelves Like a Pro

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Decorating isn’t a science (although arguable for some). It’s all about experimenting and playing around with different elements until you create something visually pleasing. Well, what’s visually pleasing? The answer to that is subjective – so there’s no right or wrong answer here.

So while there isn’t a quadratic formula to solve for your décor woes, I’ve come up with five recommendations to help you decorate the shelves in your home.

1. Don’t Forget to Scale


When it comes to decorating shelves, it’s important to consider scale. In other words, ensuring you have different heights and sizes in objects. Books can really come in handy for this.

Organize a few books vertically, as you would see in a library, some horizontally, and even some leaning. You can also use books as risers, a few books underneath a piece of décor can really make a statement.

Take a look at this photo below. I’ve left out the source intentionally out of respect for its owner. While there are plenty of great objects, because they’ve chosen to group elements of like-scale together, it makes the décor look incohesive.

Don’t be afraid to integrate your pieces. Think of how scale presents itself in a cityscape. One of the reasons the NYC skyline is so beautiful is because of its scale… so mix and match elements!

A great example of shelving décor that worked really well together is Desi Perkin’s. As you can see, there are various heights and sizes across the pieces sh