When you’re planning a new design for a room you’re not exactly prioritizing how the shelves are going to look, there are many other important details you need to focus on. But once the room is finished and you can take a step back and give it a long, scrutinizing gaze from top to bottom, you may find that something feels rather empty: the humble shelves.
If you thought at first that you’ll just throw some books on them and solve the problem you might now be realizing that it’s not always enough to fill your your shelves up with the Encyclopedia Britannica volumes and call it a day.
Whether they look too empty or too dull and boring, your shelves can be brightened up with some great vintage accessories that work well with any design and will help bring the look of the room together.
The very first thing that springs to mind when trying to dress up a shelf is using some lovely bookends. Not only will they keep your books from falling from their place (and most likely on your head) but they are great decorations that can really change the appearance of your shelves.
There are some wacky vintage designs out there if you want to throw a spot of color and quirk into your room but you can also choose a classic pair that compliments the rest of the accessories.
Decorative ornaments are a lot of fun to work with since they can be placed anywhere you’d like. Your shelves are usually high on the wall so placing decorations on them will make them shine and draw attention to them. You can choose a vintage ornamental piece that is as shiny or as demure as you want to depending on what you are trying to achieve and incorporate it into the room.
Many vintage pieces pair well with any modern style so they are very versatile. The best part about ornaments is that you can use them to give your room the desired accents and bring your design together.
If you don’t know what to do with all that empty space on your top shelf try decorating it with a vintage plant pot. Don’t just place an empty plant pot there though, give a plant a home and make your room feel fresh and vibrant.
Living plants are a great way to brighten up a room and turn a house into a home so add a vintage plant pot to the mix and you’ll have a homey feeling and a great style all in one decoration. Plants thrive on sunlight so the top shelf could be an ideal place for them since they’ll usually get plenty of light there with no furniture blocking the way. Of course you have to water your plant but it’s a small commitment that you can easily take on and you’ll feel like a proud parent when you watch it grow.
Candle holders can look great around your home and they’re also great decorations to spruce up an area of the room that feels empty or dull.
But just because you can buy them at any supermarket and scatter them everywhere doesn’t mean that you’re decorating your home properly. Instead of buying many generic candle holders that thousands of other people probably have as well, look for a few vintage-inspired pieces that will really add a unique touch to your shelves and manage to shine regardless of where you place them.
When it comes to shapes and sizes you really have and endless supply of candle holders that can cater to your needs. Try to vary not only the designs you use to decorate your shelves but also the sizes that you choose. Consider how visible they actually are and how much you want them to stand out and arrange them accordingly.
For instance you can opt for a larger, bolder design if you’re trying to decorate and highlight your top shelf or an area that is more remote and doesn’t usually catch your eye when you walk into the room. The way that you accent and arrange your shelves depends entirely on your taste and preferences so get creative and use some unique pieces to help you achieve the look that you want.