How to style shelves, according to an interior designer and home stylist

Whether you already have a bare shelf waiting to be dressed or a ton of shelves that you don’t know what to do with, rest assured, there is much in the way of inspiration. While it’s hard to go wrong with styling wall shelves, bookshelves, or other surfaces acting as shelves, a few tips from professional stylists and interior designers never hurt. 

There are endless shelf ideas out there to comb through and lots to consider. If it’s a new install, the design you go for will not just depend on the look you want but the type of walls and spaces you have available too. You’ll also need to be wary of whether or not you’re allowed to put holes in those walls (renters may need to reconsider nailing and drilling, for example).

Top shelf styling tips