A few days ago I introduced you to my home office update, well my new DIY desk to be precise. I absolutely loved working in here last week but there were some bits that still needed sorting. Some of which involved a drill. So I smiled sweetly at my OH and thankfully, he took the hint.
As you can see above, a new radiator has been fitted which i’m a little too excited about. Radiators are always so damn ugly, but I adore the look of column radiators. So every time we get around to updating a radiator, I get lil butterflies. (Weirdo). I keep sticking my head under my desk for a peek and temp test.
We’ve also finally fitted the shelf that has been waiting in its packet all week. I wanted something slimline, minimal, unobtrusive and just big enough to keep all of the gubbins I need close by without it crowding up my desktop. After all, my desktop is far too sexy to be covered with all my shizzle.
Now down to the nitty gritty. Putting things on a shelf. Believe it or not, there is an art to this ya know!? “Shelfies” are like super mini interior design projects, but in minuscule form.
“Shelfies” – Some tips on how to.
- Make your OH leave the room. Mine just takes the mick out of me anytime he sees me “styling”. Moving pieces two inches sideways or lugging plants around the house. I keep telling him he’ll be laughing on the other side of his face when Making Spaces is a multimillion pound business. Yeah. Yeah he will.
- Choose the items you actually need handy (if any) and others that just make you smile. Pick items with similar colour palettes. Obviously here i’ve gone for calm monochrome tones.
- Consider pattern and texture. I’ve added a rather gorgeous vintage bulb and small white ceramic planter. The smooth glossy surfaces reflect the light beautifully in complete contrast to the flat black walls. The artwork, “Faces” by Lucy Mclaughlan adds a real pattern contrast to the otherwise minimal detail on the wall and the sheer size of the piece draws your eye upwards.
- Use the negative spaces around your shelf to add extra details. I added a couple of bulldog clips underneath the shelf which to hold a handful of my fave photos and bits and bobs. And a photo of me and tiddles widens the “shelfie zone”.
- I’d already mentioned in my desk reveal, i’d placed plants all along my window sill, but every shelf needs at least one plant too. Green is a must in every “shelfie”, whether you go real or faux. It just adds a real sense of freshness to any space. The photo of me and my little ‘un out on a forest walk, adds a touch more of the green accent colour used on this monochrome wall.
- Add layers to your shelfie, placing smaller items in the foreground and larger items in the background overlapping the two. The trick is to make it look organic and random. Oh the irony.
I love how the black shelf just melts into the wall, it’s got a pretty matt finish on the paintwork and feels solid enough. They’re obviously not designed to take a lot of weight, but it’s certainly capable of managing my plant, radio, art, calendars combo. Apparently, this lil shelf can hold up to 5kg, so great for displaying books with beautiful covers too.
Display shelves are perfect for those of us (me included) who are constantly updating art, plants, photos, everything. You don’t need to keep filling old holes in your walls to hang different sized pieces of art. Just add, take away or rearrange and you’ve refreshed your space in just a few minutes.
Hope you like it peeps!? Let me know if i’ve missed any of your top “shelfie” styling tips.
This post was written in collaboration with Homebase, but all opinions are my own. Always. I only ever work with companies and brands that I actually like and think you will like too.