Sometimes we can find ourselves unhappy with a room and the way it looks. Perhaps we feel that it just lacks something. Adding shelves to a room is a perfect way of adding personality. We recently added shelves to what was a very bland wall in our kitchen and now we couldn’t be happier with how it looks.
By placing some box shelves on our kitchen wall we have created focus and interest. We went for three white cubes shelving from B&Q for £13. We put them up in a cluster in what was a very dark and unloved corner of the Kitchen. The result is that this corner is now a real feature and talking point.
Shelves add statement
You can use shelves to display all of your precious trinkets. It can become your own personal art gallery that you are the curator of. On ours we have a tealight holder that has come all the way from Australia. It is now placed on the shelf out of reach after the other two were broken by little hands! We also have a piggy bank that was given to the girls by their Great Gran Nan, again there were originally two but one was broken. Seems a bit of a running theme in our house – things getting broken 🙂
Shelves can be updated easily
Shelves are the perfect way of changing a room to reflect the seasons or even your changing family life. You can choose what you want to put on display and it doesn’t cost anything to update as you can add trinkets that you already have round the house.
What you could display
- Trinkets from travels
- photos of loved ones
- art work from the children
- interesting objects that deserve to be on display. I love my Cath Kidston egg cups but they used to live in the back of a cupboard.
- Postcards from friends or perhaps postcard from your travels. Paperchase also do postcards with inspiring quotes, starting from 60p.
Some people like to have a theme for their shelves. Remember you are the curator so it is your decision. Some people will put items on their shelves according to colour. Perhaps you are a fan of monochrome. A classic look that doesn’t date and adds real impact to a wall. You could do this easily with black and white photos and a mixture of black and white frames. Perhaps you have an open plan dining and living room and you want to use the shelves to link the two rooms together. You could do this with your choice of colour on the shelves. Do you have a feature wall in the living room? Could you use the shelves to echo this colour in the dining room?
Random or lined up
Think about how you want your shelves to look on the wall. Do you want them to be lined up or perhaps a more random approach suits you better. Before you start make sure that you have penciled where you want them to be. Stand back and have a look. Does it work? If your shelves are of different sizes then I personally think that a random approach works better. If your shelves are all the same size then a structured finish might work better. Remember the rule that odd numbers tend to work better visually. So instead of two shelves, think about three.
Do you think you could use box shelves to transform a room in your house?