Sharing an oldie, but a goodie from last year when I worked on styling our living room shelves! I am still so happy with how they look that I had to share this one again!
I have tried to wrap my head around what I want to do in the living room to spruce up the space. It’s been a few weeks of staring at the space and endlessly searching Pinterest for inspiration, but with a budget of practically zero dollars, I had to be creative in how to spruce up the space. So once I got the motivation to get things changed, I decided to start small and change-up the shelves in the living room.
I started by taking everything off of the shelves. Then I discovered that the shelves were filthy, so I had to clean them. I used some of my favorite cleaning products that I shared a while ago.
Once the shelves were cleaned, I decided to adjust the height of the shelves. I wasn’t liking how I couldn’t fit things on certain shelves. I made some of the shelves have more height in between, while others were closer together. I felt that this gave the shelves some interest instead of looking like it came directly from the store.
Now that the shelves were adjusted, I needed to fill the space! I decided to start by sorting the books into colors based on the books’ bindings. I know it sounds crazy, but I have seen a lot of inspiration on Pinterest where books are stored on shelves based on color, and I thought it was intriguing.
I had a ton of piles on the floor once I got all the bindings color sorted. I decided to group all the blues, greens, and yellows together and the pinks, reds, and oranges together. I had a ton of white binding books and black binding books, so I left those in their own groupings.
I love decorating with books. I love to have my children see all the books that both my husband and myself have read or are reading. By displaying them throughout the house, I feel that they are exposed to an environment that encourages literature.
Taking the books, I started to fill the shelves with different placements of books. I put some on the sides, some standing up and others as bookends. Then I went on a shopping trip around the house. I was looking for any little tchotchke (trinkets) that we had around the house that I could use to decorate the shelves. I found a bunch of stuff in the basement and our master bedroom. I also had some picture frames that I put away as I didn’t have any space for them. I also found some items to use in our entry way table.
Pulling everything on the floor in the living room, I started searching for things to fit the space. I never like decorating with junk just to fill the space, so I make sure the little trinkets are either meaningful or completely go with our style. I have some miniature suitcases that we used at our wedding, a candle holder that was given to me from one of my students back when I was teaching, and a decorative birdcage I had from an old apartment. I just love it when the things that fill up the spaces have a story behind them!
I would put some things on the shelves then take a step back to see if it looked right. I would stand in a few different areas of the room and sit on the couch. I was trying really hard not to over think it.
When I was happy with how the shelves looked, I put back all the other items I took from other rooms around the house. Then I sat down to admire my beautiful shelves! Now I feel the entire living room has truly come together!