A few months back I decided that our living room was missing something. Unsure what that ‘something’ was I loaded the car up with my two favourite people, my trusty ‘home inspo’ notebook and a bucket load of optimism and headed for the Swedish sanctuary that is Ikea.
Within these four walls I’m in my absolute element as I adore the simplistic Swedish style.
After only a few minutes of browsing I spotted a beautiful bookcase, complete with two little draws. We have such little storage in our living room (other than for Amelie’s toy collection ?), so I knew this would be practical and look perfect! Once up and in prime position I set myself the task of ‘Savvy Shelf Styling’ (yeah I like to give cheesy names to my projects ?). I started by choosing my colour pallet. This is the first thing I would recommend doing when styling your own. It will give you focus and allow you to shop with ease as most home stores have their accories arranged by colour trend. Initially I thought I’d inject some colour into the room with rose gold accessories but quickly decided against it. Grey and white was a much cleaner look that tied in beautifully with the rest of the room’s interior.
Once the colour was decided I began to focus on the look I wanted to create on each shelf. I wanted the bookcase to look gorgeous by design but also have a soft sentimental finish.
As you know I’m all about saving money and so before I even stepped foot into a shop I searched the house for any little accessories I thought would look good on display. I found these cute grey coasters and my gorgeous Diptyque candle that had been gifted to me but I hadn’t really found proper homes for. The coasters made the perfect base for some pillar candles I also found (honestly I forgot I buy things sometimes! ?) and the ever so stylish Diptyque looked perfect in it’s new permanent home. Now the fun can begin, shopping! I highly recommend creating the shelfie shopping list to help you stay on track. Shop the sales. This is where I found basically everything! Don’t forget to use all of my ‘Savvy Shopping Tips’ that I blogged about here.
Here’s what my list looked like:
1. A pretty pot of greenery, to add a pop of colour.
2. A pile of pretty books, ready for to be stacked with perfect precision.
3. Photo frames in the desired colour scheme. One big, one small.
4. Some candels, well because who doesn’t need more candles!
5. A sentimal statement piece, eg. A personal wedding plaque, a boxed quote, or a free standing sign with something personal on.
6. Your ideal home mags, the ones in best condtion (I knew I kept them all for a reason!).
Arranging your display:
Now this may take some time as you’ll be constantly moving and changing things around. This is your time to get creative and design your shelves your way.
If you get completely stumped here’s a few tips that worked well for me: Threes a crowd, yup and crowds are what you need! Grouping things into threes is more appealing to the eye.
Heights, use objects with different levels. Keep it interesting.
Stack books/magazines big to small, ensuring you put a little accessory on top again creating detail with height.
Work in a diagonal pattern, this will prevent your overall look from being to chaotic.
Add baskets to the top of the bookcase, making it appear taller.
Have fun! Don’t be afraid to change your mind, keep rearranging until your not only happy with the shelves but proud of the overall look.
Once finished sit back and admire, if you’re anything like me you’ve probably only got about five minutes of admiring time before you move it all around again anyway! ?
I’d love to see your #savvyshelfstyling on Instagram! Tag me and use the # on all your gorgeous shelfies! I’ll be selecting my favourite to feature on my feed next week!
I’m so excited to see your gorgeous creations!