How to Style Shelves With CityGirlGoneMom

How to Style Shelves With CityGirlGoneMom

Written by CityGirlGoneMom

There are so many spots in your space where you have the opportunity to make a house a home. The artwork in your living room, the quilt on your bed, even the china in your kitchen cabinet can have a great story and say something about you and your home. And I love filling my house with things that are both visually appealing and give character to a space. My shelves, in particular, are filled with family photos, books, artwork, pieces given to me as gifts or passed down to me over the years. I love when a bookcase or shelves feel not only personal to me but are also beautiful to look at.

Find the Key Pieces

Styling a shelf is easy if you have the right pieces! Before you start to plan out your shelves make sure that you’re only displaying things that you love. Get rid of anything that doesn’t deserve a front row seat in your home. Find what speaks to your aesthetic. Trophies from your kids’ games? Photos from your last family vacay? Cat figurines? Pick what makes you happy!

All About Balance

I knew nothing about styling shelves until I partnered with Arhaus. While I knew what pieces I wanted on my shelves, I wasn’t sure how to turn them into a display that’s aesthetically pleasing. As part of their complimentary design services, their design experts showed me everything I needed to know to showcase my beautiful pieces and make a statement.

I learned shelves need to be visually balanced with the right amount of height, texture and items. Filling one shelf from top to bottom with a pile of books and another with a single photo frame will look strange no matter what they’re filled with. Make sure your pieces are visually balanced as you decorate, from top to bottom, and left to right. Place a few books on their side, others standing up on the left, others on the right. A small stack of books can display something delicate like a succulent on top while a larger stack may look just right positioned next to a large vase.

Color Coordinate

Shelves can be color coordinated in any pattern or shade. Some choose to highlight a different color on each shelf, and some choose to make the whole bookcase one color. I personally love to have a beautiful array of shades with a mix-match on each shelf, punctuated with monochromatic vases and accessories to make the color pop even more. Organize books, photo frames, or accessories by color to give your shelves a dramatic flair.

Change It Up

The magic of shelves is that they are totally temporary and you can change them up any time you want! Change the colors with the seasons, swap out the books when you find a new favorite author, or change up photos when you get back from your latest vacation. There’s no reason to leave your shelves as-is when you can make them into tiny little treasure troves for all your family’s favorite things!



Danielle Lucia Schaffer—City Girl Gone Mom

Danielle Schaffer, CityGirlGoneMom, seeks to entertain, educate and inspire those who could use a good laugh, a few parenting tips and some positive MOMentum. With four children ranging from toddler to tweens, Danielle Lucia Schaffer is a boisterous, blonde Italian ‘mombshell’ hailing from New York City, and tells it like it is. Proud wife to her opposite, a Navy vet and uber-chill dentist from the South, this city girl turned San Diego mom captures the juggle and struggle of mommyhood through the lens of her Canon 5D. With a passion for broadcasting and a knack for home design, she recently flipped her home office into a podcast studio to dish out all the parenting dirt during brand new episodes of The Mom Confidential.

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