Last week much of my time was spent styling people’s homes. What I love most about this process is that we don’t need to spend a cent to give someone’s space a small makeover.
Just spending time in the kitchen, we were able to give one clients shelves a whole new look by playing with existing kitchenware and few props we borrowed from other spaces in the house.
Even if you have lots of storage space in your kitchen for the essentials, don’t underestimate the beauty and practicality a simple shelf can add. .If you’ve followed us on the blog for a while, you’ll know that we love a kitchen shelfie. Not only can you store items that are used on a daily basis, but they also add interest and allow you to display items that are too pretty to be kept behind closed doors.
When styling your kitchen shelves remember these easy styling tips
Take Away First. We like to take away everything from the shelf first and then decide what is going to be put back.
Lesser Used Items To The Top. Place items that are not used on a regular basis on the top shelves. These are less easy to get to, so don’t put your everyday items on the top shelf.
Create Small Groupings. Don’t spread your items evenly across the shelf. Make smaller groupings of objects on each shelf, working from the middle out. If you have three main groups on the top shelf, try to have two or four on the shelf below, so they balance each other out.
Play with Height. Mix tall and short items, so everything doesn’t sit at the same height. Use a stack of books to raise the height of smaller objects.
Mix in Different Elements. Along with your kitchenware, bring in artwork, objects, pictures and plants to mix up the display. It keeps your eyes interested in the details on the shelf.
Mix Like and Like. While some of us have bright and colourful spaces, others of use may have a neutral palette. Either way, work with the colours of your space and try to stick to different shades of the same hue. Arrange books with the same colour spines, or in similar shades, for a cohesive finish. Groups objects of the same colour together for a considered look.
Remember, Less is More. While the kitchen is definitely one of the spaces where we feel maximalist shelf styling works, tot every inch of the shelf necessarily needs to be filled up. Leave a little space between groupings, allowing the objects to shine.
If you are still questioning whether open kitchen shelving is a good idea, these kitchen shelfies are just the inspiration you need.