Decorative items give this kitchen display a personal touch among the dishes stored for easy access. Gold trinkets shine against the white and gray tile backdrop. A vintage radio perfectly compliments the midcentury modern vibe of the design.
Green walls and a decidedly coastal feel are reflected in the flourishing houseplant sitting on a floating shelf in the dining room of HGTV Dream Home 2013. The driftwood-inspired lamp is a nice natural touch.
Not sure what to showcase on shelves? First, consider what you love. Your interests and hobbies should come through in your accessory choices, says Debbie Wiener, an interior designer in Silver Spring, Md., who helps homeowners create spaces reflective of their everyday lives. "Kids' framed artwork, books, decorative plates, baseball cards or boomerang collections. Your home should look like you," Debbie says. Take stock of vacation mementos, crafts and items you're drawn to time and again when assembling accessories for a shelf arrangement. Design by Emily Henderson.
With a neutral base and a few accent colors, you can create a color-coordinated shelf that looks intentional while still embodying your style. In this space, Cruickshank Remodeling in Georgia trailed splashes of red throughout the shelf decor — in a bowl, necklace, figurine and in groupings of books — to give the whole installment a brighter look.
Driftwood decor is a go-to choice when designers want to bring a coastal look into a home, whether it's on the water or not. It can be as simple as gathering one big piece or multiple pieces that catch your eye on nature strolls. A large piece also can fill a section of your bookshelf, which saves even more money on decor.
Create small groupings of like items that work well together and show your personality and interest, says Clinton Rice of Clinton Rice Design in Atlanta. By varying the height of decorative objects and grouping books for dramatic pops of color, Rice created a cohesive, classic bookshelf that is still functional.
Painting the interior back wall of the bookshelf creates beautiful dimension and highlights the arched shape of the shelf. The smooth wood shelving and cabinetry framing is a nice contrast against the white and navy. Thoughtfully placed contemporary decorative pieces finishes the shelf.
This light and bright home office features a neutral built-in bookshelf that blends into the similarly-hued wood plank walls. Various vases and books line the shelf, giving the space a coastal look. A neutral upholstered armchair is positioned at a wood desk, while a white vase of flowers adds a simple finishing touch.
Create visual interest on your bookshelf by varying the shelf heights and displaying taller objects. Here, a combination of photos, sports memorabilia and industrial decor adds a personal touch to the built-in shelf.