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Much like the common Selfie,  the perfect Shelfie (i.e. Shelf Design) is a well thought out process. The right angle, the right amount of decor, and the right shelving system is the perfect combination to create that perfect Shelfie. I have seen this term scattered around the internet for a while now, and thought it justified a post dedicated to it.

Now many people seem to regard shelves as extra storage space, DON’T! Shelves are an integral item to your home in terms of decor. A space can look instantly messy with an ill-thought out shelfie. That is why I am here to give you a little do’s and don’ts as to how to create that perfect shelfie, for any room.


  •  BOOKS: Some may say that books are an important part of the shelfie, it shows that it serves as functional piece of decor. Now this may be true, but I also see books as decor pieces themselves. The bindings, different colours and bold prints, when beautifully displayed, are in essence aesthetically pleasing. One thing not to do with books is to not have a system. When they are overcrowding, not assorted by colour/subject etc. books can then look a little haphazard on your shelf.

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  • GREENERY: Green plants make a room look lively. They also bring life to a shelfie. Small potted plants or cacti are your best friend here, nothing overflowing or too big for the shelf, which will make the entire component look small and cramped. If you really want to go wild, you could even create a plant shelfie, perfect for the kitchen! Make sure to place your shelfie in a bright environment if you’re using real plants, otherwise invest in some good quality faux plants, they are less maintenance and will always look green.

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  • OBJECTS OF INTEREST: These items can be anything from souvenirs, vases or candlesticks, bookends and sculptures. When placed next to a stack of books for example, make sure there is a different in  height so you keep the shelf interesting. When things are placed at same height levels, it can look boring and monotonic. The same goes for hoarding unnecessary items, if something doesn’t mesh well with the objects you already have on the shelf but you are inclined to keep it, don’t put it on display. Make sure to play around with foreground and background, this will make your shelfie seem 3D, as if it were small rooms themselves.

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  • COLOUR SCHEMES: You don’t have to keep everything monochromatic, colour schemes help to tie your shelfie to your space. You could use it as a guide and choose complementing colours and work from there. Shelves don’t only come in white either, black frames, or even coloured backdrops add instant flare to your shelfie, doing practically half the work for you. When working on a blank white canvas, it is easy to get lost but when your foundation is already there, you are nearly done.

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  • TRAYS, BEAUTIFUL BOXES AND PICTURE FRAMES: When you have incorporated the items mentioned above into your shelfie, you are ready to add the final touches. Don’t be afraid to organize your collections on to trays, that way your shelfie becomes more organized. Beautiful boxes from purchased items are a waste to throw away, instead of housing them in the back of your closet, put them on display and use them as functional purpose to house bits and bobs you want to keep tucked away. Finally and certainly not least, picture frames with your favourite memories are what make your shelfie personal and unique to you. Don’t over do it though! A few here and there, keeping some in the foreground and some in the background are the best way to display your Kodak moments.

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