How to Create the Ultimate Shelfie Moment With Etsy Pieces

Updated 09/23/16
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Dressing up your shelves is no overnight endeavor. The perfect configuration takes time, quite a bit of trial and error, and expert curation. A project of this size, after all, involves many parts, so your best bet is to treat each section as its own canvas and build from there. Having a visual map is a smart way to navigate through the early stages, which is why we’re showing you a breakdown of how to create the perfect shelfie moment with great finds from Etsy.

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Include Glassware

Glass objects work to make the surrounding space look bigger. It’s a great trick to call on if you want to minimize a busy shelf.

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Shop more glass objects at Davey'sVintage and even more here.

Add Plant Life

A “living wall” breathes life into any room. Maximize indoor plants by placing them in interesting vessels and vases at the corners and ends of your shelves, and contrast them with artistic prints.

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Tell a Color Story

Add touches of gold, green, white, and black. If you want to stack books, choose covers, spines, and bookends in the same palette to brighten up monochromatic pieces.

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Work in Mirror Images

When working with large bookcases or floating shelves, the expanse of space may be overwhelming at first. But you don’t have to reinvent the wheel for each cube. Create mirror images throughout that lend symmetry and style to the overall look.

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Consider Height

Whether you’re installing floating shelves or finding proportional pieces to feature in them, height is key, like with this one from Trendy Peas Home

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Group Objects in Threes

Mix and match unique pieces like this vase from Glittery Moon Vintage in groups of threes to create an interesting vignette.

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Incorporate Art

Keep art at eye level by placing frames in lower to middle sections. Stick with minimalistic to monochrome prints or illustrations so as not overpower the other pieces, like this brass planter from ModRendition

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7 Tips for Building Your Own Shelfie Moment

Which tip do you want to try when building your shelfie? Sound off in the comments below. 

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