6 ways to style a snap-happy shelfie

May 28, 2020 7:52:34 AM

Move over selfie sticks. With all the focus on Zoom parties and video conferencing we’ve seen this year, it’s all about the ‘shelfie’ right now.

From displaying dreamy décor to space-saving and functional, shelves aren’t just somewhere to plonk our trinkets, books and general nick-nacks – but an opportunity to have some fun with styling and show off some personality in the process too.

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I usually rush into decorating and doing a big reveal when it comes to a new space – at #heaveninhighpark I pushed so hard to have every room feel "complete" so fast. But setting up a home with a very BUSY 1.5 year old running around has a way of slowing the pace, and honestly I've been really coveting watching this apartment come together bit by bit, with no pressure or deadlines. I style and setup little corners here and there when I get stolen moments each day, and I truly appreciate the process instead of hurrying through. I started adding treasures to my "mantle" over the TV yesterday (thanks to @studiobicyclette for majorly inspiring me with her parrellel display shelf setup) and I love how it came together! I have a feeling this spot is going to lead to a lot of seasonal #shelfies ✨ #shelfstyling #onmyshelf #ikeacanada #decordreams

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Best of all, your biggest, boldest creations can easily be in small measures when it comes to creating the perfect #shelfie. After all, video calls are just a screen-shot into your world of interiors – the rest of the room can be for your eyes only.

Want to take your #shelfie game to the next level? Here’s six ideas for inspiration…

1. Artfully organised

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Notebooks, succulents and novels in a neutral colour create a calming effect, especially when they’re spaced artfully apart. But to tie it altogether, one or two eye-catching pieces, such as a Cheetah Planter (£22, Mint & May) placed just so, will keep it neat and still create some visual impact.

Cheetah Planter, £22.50, Mint & May (Mint & May/PA)

And if you want to set the scene for those solitary moments at home, a supersized shelfie in white will give you a clean backdrop to work with, so you can show off unusual collections such as crystal and cut glass ornaments, vintage dice and something personal for when you’re chilling out and just want to watch Netflix.

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By leaving some shelves empty, retro statement pieces, such as a set of Rocket Bookends (£112, Escapology), will draw the eye in, while keeping things in order.

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2. Vintage finds and shabby chic

Pair of White Coral Bookends , £45, The Grey Works (The Grey Works/PA)

When you open the door to vintage, avoid anything bland and think about styling duck-egg blue with an antique wall sconce. Something distressed (that you might have picked up in a flea market or salvaged from a skip) styled against a (faux) Pair of White Coral Bookends (£45, The Grey Works) creates a lovely contrast – and who’s to know you don’t actually live in a stately pile?

You can always top it with some antique clothing or accessories too, plus other worn items or fun furnishings you’ve rescued.

3. Master the mix of beauty bits and bobs

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For anyone with a glammy collection of beautifully packaged lipsticks (much too attractive to keep under wraps when they’re cased in glitzy gold), think about pairing them with a pretty polish, vase of petal-pink roses or peonies.

Think height here: it’s important these pieces are graduated, stacked and well planned out to get the right vibe, and you can set the stage with some pop-art to complement your rosy scene.

Golden Lips Print, from £12, Mint & May (Mint & May/PA)

We love this Golden Lips Print (from £12, Mint & May) with its polished white teeth capped in gold. But if you’re feeling thrifty, a tear sheet from a glossy magazine framed in white will look just as striking. Especially if you want to touch up your shelfie’s appearance before your video chat.

4. Dark and desirable

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Using a dark colour as a canvas can work some serious magic, especially if you want maximum impact with minimum spend and styling. Could your shelf be paired with an accent wall or mural?

5. Go big with bamboo

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Does anyone even know what to call their style? I’m mostly boho mixed with vintage, with a smattering of modern and eclectic… does that even make sense? 🤷🏻‍♀️ . . My interior style has slowly changed over time, and right now, this feels good. Thankful for finding inspiration through this community and my vintage friends who have helped me find amazing pieces for my home ✨ . Creating a home takes a lot of time and effort, and I’m trying to do it more thoughtfully now. Which is hard for me, because I like all the pretty things 😅 . . #mybohoabode #mybohohome #mybohovibes #bitsofvintage #bitsofboho #homeybohovibes #shelfiedecor #shelfielicious #shelfiestyling #shelfiegoals #mixerofstyles #myaestheticabode #ourspaceourplace #hometakestime #myinteriorstyle #myinteriorvibe #myinterioroasis #apartmenttherapy #apartmentliving #rentersclub #howihome #howwedwell #itsprobablythrifted #thriftedhome #mythriftyhouse #mythriftedhome #myplantlovinghome #myplantaesthetic #myplantgang #urbanjungle

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Bamboo and cane furnishings have a knack of introducing worldly boho, without having to go to great lengths.

Bamboo Cane Shelves, from £75, Graham & Green (Graham & Green/PA)

Consider some bamboo cane shelves (Graham & Green have a super selection, priced from £75) which can be themed to the tropics and fit well with souvenirs and glassware in neutral tones. Styled with some beachy accessories, they’ll look summery, fresh and light.

Dutchbone Rumour Room Divider, £199, Cuckooland (Cuckooland/PA)

Especially if you introducing a room divider for privacy and separating off a work area perhaps – we love the Dutchbone Rumour Room Divider (£199, Cuckooland).  You could drape a flimsy summer kaftan over your screen when not in use.

6. Rustic revival

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Tea this morning….in a china cup as it's the best way to drink it….. . I like coffee best in a mug, preferably one particular pottered one which I favour …… . When I was younger I would have drunk from an old shoe…..and I wasn't bothered who's shoe either as long as there was plenty of whatever I was drinking! . As I've got older I have developed preferences……I have a favourite tea cup, a fave coffee mug, a fave spot in the living room, a favourite chair in the garden and I hear myself saying things like 'budge up' if someone is in 'my' space. I need to break this cycle of entitlement so am going to have my second cuppa in an old chipped Dennis the Menace mug and free myself of these limiting thoughts ……. . . I'm not really…….couldn't do it! 😁 . . #shelfies #kitchenshelfie #rusticshelves #kitchendecor #howimonochrome #mycurrentview #mystylesmile #mystylednest #rockmystylishhome #mysassyhomestyle #pocketofmyhome #industriell_interior #industrieelwonen #interior123 #finditstyleit #mydecor #myhomestyling #kitchenware #kitchensofinstagram #lovethisspace #dailydoseofhygge #dabblingwithdecor #apartmenttherapy #passionforinterior #rockmyvibe #kitchenshelves

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No reason why you can’t propel your kitchen into the limelight too. Gather all your mason jars (the more the better), fill them with spices, rice, dry pasta and cereals so they look the part (think casual, not forced) and mix and match with chunky goblets, carafes, a worn metal jug filled with dried flowers and anything made out of natural materials.

Think about introducing something quaint too, like a hand-me-down cup and saucer with a faded floral print. And of course, a bread board with a freshly baked loaf will make onlookers think you’ve been baking since the crack of dawn.

Summer Totes made from raw jute, from £29, The Braided Rug Company (The Braided Rug Company/PA)

The great thing is, you can also cheat. No one will know that San Francisco sourdough fell into your wicker basket while out shopping for essentials. Talking of baskets, The Braided Rug Company have a lovely selection – we love these sturdy and stylish Summer Totes made out of raw jute (starting from £29).

Lene Bjerre Serafina Figurine – Driftwood, £40, Sweetpea and Willow, other items from a selection or stylist’s own (Sweet Pea and Willow/PA)

And finally take inspiration too from the gorgeous shelf arrangement from Sweetpea and Willow. The company’s Lene Bjerre Serafina Figurine – Driftwood, £40, grouped beside other eye-catching items creates the perfect shelfie.

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