Recently one of my friends asked me for some help in how to decorate her hanging shelves. It may seem like a no-brainer for some, but coming up with a carefully curated display can also be a challenge. It usually takes me several days to come up with an arrangement I like- but I've put together a few helpful tips that I use.
2. LAYER: Layering is the most important step. Even if you're working with a small shelf - slide a framed print or small framed picture behind a vase, bowl, figurine or stack of books. Adding this dimension will really add to your vignette. If you have a larger space to work with you can layer several pieces
3. ADD HEIGHT: Equally important is adding height! You want to stray away from uniformly placed pieces aligned level with the shelf. If you're working with a small shelf, use a small stack of novels - larger shelves allow for a larger stack of books or magazines.
4. GO HORIZONTAL & VERTICAL: Don't be afraid to work horizontal and vertical - it will create a nice balance on your shelf. Books don't have to lean to the side!
5. LEAVE SOME SPACE: You don't need to fill an entire shelf- especially if its on the smaller side. Pick a few items you love to look at every day and leave some negative space for the eye to wander.