Knick knacks and trinkets. Stacks of plates and serve ware. A collection of wine stems and beautiful brass accents. When it comes to styling shelves and open cupboards- do you include all or some or… none?
Armoires and cupboards aren’t necessarily styled and pretty-all.the.time. but when the doors are closed- it doesn’t have to be. It can become anything it wants to. A linen closet, a catchall cupboard or even a place to hid a television if you would like. But when the doors are open- no one wants to look at the everyday storage- they want to see storage that is doing double duty and is as pretty as it is practical. Truth be told though- I leave the doors open almost all the time on this cupboard- because I love the look of styled shelves here.
And when I worked on this styling for my book Inspired Gatherings- it was all about how to put all those this and that elements together to also be a focal point in the room. So today- I am breaking down the shelf styling in this cupboard and sharing a few tips.
1. Stack Something
Plates. Bowls. Platters. Books. Anything else that stacks. This is a simple one- but something I have found to really work when it comes to open shelves. Often we just think of setting this on a shelf – but how it is set on the shelf can make a difference. Stacking things like plates or bowls adds height. In this cupboard- I stacked two wood pedestals and books to create a bit of an ‘up and down’ which is more visually appealing- and interesting.
2. Create a display with collections
I love collecting all kinds of things- and tabletop items are some of my favorites. For Inspired Gatherings- I was collecting all kinds of different elements to use on the tables- like those brass goblets. All together-they are almost like artwork. Find a similar Brass Goblet set Here
3. Something Metal
That sounds weird- but basically, piggy backing off the brass goblets- bring in something metal. Silver. Gold. Copper. Or brass- like here. And then repeat it so that it ties the various shelves and elements together. For this- I used the brass goblets, the brass dome on the too shelf and a tiny bit of brass in the sugar container as well.
4. Something Fresh
Another element I love to include is something fresh. I filled a pot with some fresh flowers that echoed the arrangements on the table.
5. Something Natural
And then I added some dried eucalyptus and flowers – and an older dried flower crown to fill in some of the areas. Find a similar dried flower crown Here
6. Something ‘Neutral’
Because- after all the busy details and metals going on- something soft and simple that adds interest without feeling too much is perfect. Think ironstone, marble, old pots and stoneware and ‘naked’ books. They add texture and interest without adding busy and give your eyes a bit of a rest.
I hope this helps explain the method to my open cupboard decorating madness- as I mentioned I am NOT an expert by any means- and I am sure that this cupboard display is too busy for some, not interesting enough for others and likely does not have some ideal ratio that I am not aware of. But I always go back to my go to number one rule about decorating-
7. Do what makes you happy
If it makes you happy- it is perfect.
So go for it, throw rules and ratios and ‘perfection’ out the window- and have fun creating an open cupboard display that is perfect for you.
To see more of this ‘gathering’ – you can find it in my book ‘Inspired Gatherings ‘ available wherever books are sold.
I will share more of the dining room and how it is styled currently (and in my book) along with some tips for dining room/living room combination rooms like we have soon.
Happy almost Friday all.
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