Welcome to the Fall (or spring here in Perth, Australia) 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. I
f 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!!
The Living Room To Do List
- 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, look at the amazing progress on the other rooms.
Also, my own expectations are high, especially after spending so long thinking about and planning (See Week 1) this space!
How Do I Make Shelves Look Nice?
Yes, with one week to go this is what my living room is looking like. You can see the buffet in the photo above, which has 6 deep shelves for me to SOMEHOW decorate and make look amazing!
Here are some helpful ideas to serve as a guide for choosing shelf decor and arranging those items on any sort of shelf.
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.
I have decided my colour scheme will be whites with some light green-blue items.
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.
Larger decor items are a great idea for decorating deep shelves. Make sure to also pull your decor forward to the front to the shelf so it can be easily seen.
My Less But Bigger Choices: Blue jar, 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.)
Tip 3. Vary The Height Of Your Decor
When decorating shelves you want to create an arrangement by varying the height of objects. Include some shorter items and taller items. For example; place books horizontally as well as vertically.
For decorating the shelves in my living room I am thinking of arranging books both horizontally and vertically, as well as photo frames. Then placing a few smaller items such as tealight candles and shells next to the larger pieces.
Tip 4. Balance
Think of an old fashioned scale when decorating shelves. If there is something large or heavy on one side, you can put something of similar weight on the other side.
Also, arranging decor in odd numbers works too!
My balancing act will be some framed quotes via Etsy. A framed 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 decorating shelves. 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.
I plan on personalising my living room shelves with recent family photos, old books that belonged to my grandfather including a bible that was my great-granddads, favourite verses and a few indoor plants.
The only thing left now is to empty off those shelves and … GET STYLING!
Shelf Decor Ideas
What to put on empty shelves? Style your shelves with any of these shelf decor ideas…
- decorative jars, glasses, bottles, vases
- kitchen items – plates, bowls, serving dishes, trays, cutlery
- framed quote
- kids artwork
- decorative bowls
- items from nature – branches, leaves, shells, feathers, rocks etc.
- dried flowers or other dried plants
- indoor potted plants
- candles and/or decorative candle holders
- knitted, crochet, embroidered items
- vintage or antique items
- collections or things you love
OMG we are getting close to the finish line for this living room makeover! So excited! Yes, only ONE MORE WEEK to the final reveal!