Wednesday, January 9, 2013

how to: style a console table or bookshelf

after a year of living in our home, i have finally mastered styling the top of our wine bar!
i have read numerous online articles and finally have found a balance.
there are different ways to approach this and you must be aware of what your style is-
you can do a minimalist  or symmetric approach but i wanted a more eclectic and earthy vibe
how to style a book shelf or console table
to start you want to gather items that have a similar theme
if you want to go random- go for it! but i wanted a more cohesive feel so i stuck with ivory candles, wood tones and some of the blue and green accent colors we have scattered throughout the room 
by mixing it up and using many different textures and colors you keep an onlooker interested
how to style a book shelf or console table
many articles advise using items in odd numbers but i try to avoid any decorating 'rules'and just try to find a balance in what is pleasing to the eye
 similar items work if you are looking for an arrangement that is symmetrical but i wanted a more sporadic look
which is why i added the succulent under the glass cloche and wooden trunk circle.
this stuck with my theme and added some color!
how to style a book shelf or console table

you want to place items in a non-predictable manner.
this will keep your eye interested and help the observer look across the whole shelf not focus just on one item.
by adding items to the background and the foreground adds dimension and depth to the area.
how to style a book shelf or console table
by adding the manzanita branch in the background it keep the eye from focusing on the fact that i used multiple candle sticks of the same shape in varied sizes.
how to style a book shelf or console table
the key thing to remember is that it is all trial and error
i would place items for a couple days and later realize it wasn't quite 'right' 
how to style a book shelf or console table
what advice do you have for styling a tabletop or bookshelf?

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