Learning how to stage shelves brought back memories of learning how to solve 7th-grade word problems. The minute I read “If a train….” my brain had already left the station thinking about the variables that could prevent the train from arriving on time at the next station. Questions like, what if the train runs into bad weather? Or what if the train was delayed because someone dropped their passport in the grate below the train’s steps? It could happen is what I always said to my math teacher while defending my answer.
How to Stage Shelves with Everyday Objects
Like word problems, empty shelves overwhelmed me. And, then I thought of the solution as if it was a word problem: scale + texture +color + balance. And, finding everyday objects to stage shelves was kind of like a fun math problem (like statistics).
It turns out, the weather was not variable in how to use everyday objects to stage shelves. Except maybe for this shelf.
I just needed to enjoy the journey along the way.
My favorite part of letting go of Instagram worthy shelves was to fill my shelves that offered a peek into our life and family without becoming a distraction (balance).
Does that make sense?
Stage Shelves with these Everyday Objects
Books are one of those items that incorporate all of the elements I love on shelves and hutches. Books add color and texture, but their titles and stories hold memories. Does anyone remember their first Judy Blume book?
2. Greenery or Florals
Greenery does not need to be green. Maybe I should call it floral or stems. Just a little. I remember when we first married and I bought bushels of greenery stems at Hobby Lobby and just shoved them onto the faded oak built-ins of our 1990’s condo.
Sometimes, less is more.
3. Vintage Finds or Heirloom Pieces
The one thing I appreciate now that I didn’t when my kids were six, two and a newborn was to embrace family heirlooms. But with my nest getting roomier I have more appreciation for family heirlooms. And, the stories our family heirlooms hold.
This was my husband’s German alpine hat when he was a toddler. He spent his first three years in Europe when his parents were stationed in Germany following his dad’s residency.
A small lamp or an oversized candle. Something that can add shadows in the evening. It gives a moody vibe to a bookcase or corner.
5. Framed Quote
6. Collection of Finds
Be careful of this one! I have shown homes where the owners went off the rails with collections of seashells.
Remember balance is a part of the equation to stage shelves.
7. Oversized Jar or Vase
I struggle with scale. I either go too small or too big when it comes to a vase or ceramic pitcher.
8. Seasonal Something
Again, balance when adding seasonal or holiday decor. We don’t want our shelves to look like a Macy’s display. Pinecones, small holiday wreath or pumpkins. Everyone loves a pumpkin on a shelf. Subtle