Objects of varied materials and patina, plus groupings of staggered heights, lend depth to this dining room shelf. The blue background sets off the arrangement with just enough color to attract the eye, yet not so much that it overwhelms the collection.
Instead of a fancy piece of art, enlarge a photo you've taken outside or in a favorite spot and frame it, says Leigh Spicher, Ashton Woods' national director of design studios. You can add color to the mantle, like in this Dallas home, without using accessories. Also, arrange shells or other natural elements that you saved because of their beauty (and free price tag) in a frame or shadowbox, as another layer of art for your mantel.
An arch shape instantly ups the style of this doorway as it transitions the house from one room to another. A built in bookshelf compliments the tone of the wood floor and creates a space for useful and attractive storage.
Touches of pink dot the decor on this shelf, decorated by GordonDunning, a Decatur, Ga.-based interior design firm. By mixing the metals of the lamp, shelf and vintage bowl, the designers created a collected look that is tempered by the unifying neutrals and pinks.
For an unexpected and free update, simply flip around your books to show the pages instead of the spine. Then Gabriela Eisenhart and Holly Conlan with WAKE + LOOM Design accessorized with vintage and new vases and baskets in muted colors and white, which gave the built-in bookcase a minimal, modern feel, Eisenhart says.
This minimalist foyer features light hardwood floors, a coat closet and built-in wall shelf with decorative sculptures. Square interior windows line one wall, allowing a glimpse into the adjacent kitchen.
Mascarpone by Benjamin Moore is the perfect creamy white backdrop for the collection of vintage plates used in this little girl's bedroom. Designer Tip: Make a whole wall of art by using pictures, plates or anything else you collect to make a beautiful collage.
Each shelf on this bookshelf is organized with collections of books in matching color. Contemporary trinkets act as stylish bookends. The decorations bring additional color and personality to the beautiful display.
The overall relaxing feel of this home comes from its straightforward use of color. Neutral tones dominate in the space but there are plenty of small pops of color that come through in the accessories. These festive beads, colorful African dolls and small fern balls are grouped together to create an interesting and bright mix.
The large island under the window serves as a baking center for this traditional kitchen. The marble top is perfect for rolling dough, while the open shelf beneath puts mixers on display. A large built-in shelf houses decorative dishes.
Create your own special shadowbox with cool-looking maps or maps of favorite places, or any other motifs that give you a warm fuzzy feeling. Give stacked books that you already own a cohesive look by simply having the spines face the back of the bookshelf, as Jen Woodhouse of The House of Wood did in decorating her recycled wood and crate bookshelf.
Small, artistically rendered messages are the cornerstone of Effie’s Paper. Kalyn finds ways to offer words of encouragement on everything from notebooks to oversized travel mugs, so it only makes sense that she would reserve a few words for her own space as well. This little bit of black and gold bling adds some style to the bookshelf, combining her first initial with a few words of wisdom to keep her in the right frame of mind.