I don’t know about everyone else, but I use to really struggle decorating shelves, above kitchen cabinets and shelves. Then I realized what was wrong. I HATE clutter. I really struggled with the idea off putting up a bunch of knickknacks trying to fill a space. But on the flip side, not putting anything up defeated the point of the shelf.
So, I am going to show you how I found my happy medium. Let’s get started. Here is my beautiful blank canvas/shelf. It’s beautiful, but boring.
When staging I usually find 3 or 5 different types of items. As a general rule in art, I typically try to work in odd numbers. The theory behind it is, in nature most everything is done in odd numbers.
In this case I chose:
- Potted Greens
- Paper Mache’ Boxes
- Decorative Balls
( The items are normally dictated by what I have lying around, and whatever items I can find that is cheap.)
Paper Mache Boxes: Cheap and available at most craft stores.
Potted Greens: I got the tins from Ikea for less than a buck a piece, and the greens you can usually get wherever floral stems are sold.
I used these as my largest “color”. Again, I had three, and wanted the color to be distributed evenly.
I knew I wanted the color to be visible and not hiding behind other items. I made sure they were on top of, or in front of the larger pieces.
Glass Vases: I picked up most of these at thrift stores. You can get them super cheap and in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some of them I dressed up a bit with jute/twine and muslin.
Once my large items, and pop colors were in place, I brought in a neutral. I had quite a few glass vases , so I used them as “filler” . They weren’t my focal point, so they are a good neutral to fill in the gaps.(At this point you will want to step back and make sure that it doesn’t look heavy in any one area.)
Candles: I picked up most of these candles at the Dollar Store!
Although the candles are white, they will still be a contrast to the other items. Whenever you bring in a contrasting color, make sure to space them out. To test this, I just stand back and make my eyes go blurry and see if anything sticks out like a sore thumb.
Can you see that the white is evenly distributed ?
They are essentially just fillers. I ended up putting most of them in the vases.
Moss Balls: Moss sheets+ Styrofoam ball+Hot glue gun= Perfect finishing touch.
Again, with the moss, I made sure that they were spread out. Even though they are small, they are my pop color. I also had to consider where my other “colors” are, and place them accordingly.
In summary When staging I rely on repetitiveness in order to create a cohesive look. I work with one type of item at a time. Lastly, don’t over do it. Find one or two colors and then use a lot of neutrals. It is surprising how far a little color can go.
So that is it. Go and do my friends!