Welcome to the Fall (or spring here in Perth, Australia) 2017 One Room Challenge. If you are not familiar with it, this is where design bloggers completely transform a room in just six weeks, documenting the process on their blogs, and revealing a brand new room at the end. If you are new here I’m Jane and I blog at Organised Pretty Home, which is all about the best organising and decor ideas for your family home. Welcome! This is my FIRST TIME participating in the One Room Challenge and I am participating as an Australian blogger. Can you believe, only 1 week left before the final reveal of my living room makeover? Ok of all the tasks I have on my to do list for our living room makeover, this ONE THING would have to be the most daunting! That is, styling a bookshelf! Yes, really!!
- Work out how to hide away the kids’ toys in the living room so it can be a multi-functional room? I think I can do that! See Week 2.
- Come up with a plan to re-do an ugly MDF coffee table with pallet wood? No worries! See Week 3.
- Create a cosy nook for reading? Let me at it! See Week 4.
- Find all the items I want on a really tight budget? Doable! See Week 5
But pull EVERYTHING together to create a cohesive, beautiful and relaxing family living room? Now that is daunting!
The standard is high people! I mean, check out the amazing progress on the other rooms at Calling It Home.
Also, my own expectations are high, especially after spending so long thinking about, planning (See Week 1) and then working on this space!
Living Room Shelves
Yes, with one week to go this is what my living room is looking like. Styling a bookshelf? You can see the buffet in the photo below, which has 6 deep shelves for me to SOMEHOW decorate and make look amazing!
Thankfully, after a bit of research, I came up with these helpful ideas to serve as a guide for arranging decor on any sort of shelf.
How To Decorate Beautiful Bookshelves
Image Credit The Grace House Interiors
Tip 1. Colour Scheme
Choose a colour scheme to use for all of the shelves you are decorating. The easiest combination is to keep everything neutral with the addition of one or two colours that tie in with your whole room.
My Colour Scheme: Whites with some light green-blue.
Bookshelf Decor Ideas – Handmade Soy Candles In These Colours:
Tip 2. Less Is More
It’s often said, “Edit, Edit, Edit!” when it comes to home decorating. So go for less but bigger items. Lots of small items can make a shelf look cluttered.
My Less But Bigger Choices: Blue jar vase, rattan candle holder, large old books,
scrapbooking albums. (I decided in the end that the photo albums were not what I wanted to have out on display and so they got stored in the cabinets underneath.)
Image Credit Made By Katy
Tip 3. Vary Your Height
Create an arrangement by varying the height of objects when styling a bookshelf. For example; place books horizontally as well as vertically.
My Arrangements: books both horizontally and vertically, as well as photo frames. Then a few smaller items such as tealight candles and shells next to my larger pieces.
Image Credit Bliss At Home
Tip 4. Balance
Think of an old fashioned scale when styling a bookshelf. If there is something big and heavy on one side, there needs to be something big and heavy on the other side. Also arranging decor in odd numbers works too.
Image Credit Love Grows Wild
My Balancing Act: A framed printed scripture verse (John 3:16 – hubby’s choice) on one side and another framed verse print on the other side of the shelves. (My choice – Psalm 106:1)
Tip 5. Personalise
This is probably the most important idea when styling a bookshelf. You are not decorating a shop! You are styling your home for you and the people who live in it.
Personalise your shelves with things that you and your family love, even if it doesn’t end up looking Pinterest worthy. Some suggestions are old favourite books, family photos and greenery.
My Personal Choices: Recent family photos, old books that belonged to my grandad including a bible that was my great-granddads, our favourite bible verses printed and framed and a few indoor plants.
Image Credit How To Nest For Less
The only thing left now is to empty off those shelves and …
Some Of My Favourite Etsy Bookshelf Decor Ideas:
OMG we are getting close to the finish line! So excited! Yes, only ONE MORE WEEK to the final reveal!
Now, let’s all hop over to Calling it Home to check out how the rooms of the 20 featured bloggers and other guest participants are progressing.