7. Keep it interesting.
Don’t be afraid to mix styles and themes and you won’t have an impersonal “cookie-cutter” display home that looks the same as your neighbours’.You want personality, so dust off those trinkets from your travels, or Grandma’s vintage tea cup and saucer. They should be out and on display.
Change up your objects too. Place them in a new room or on a different shelf and use the things you already own. It will be like you are living in a new home. Everything doesn’t have to be on display all at once; put some things away and change them seasonally or whenever you feel the need.
8. Use the vertical wall space.
If you are styling a shelf, console, bookcase or the like, work with the wall space behind it. This will help you get the height and vertical lines happening. Try affixing mirrors or artwork to the wall behind the vignette or grouping of objects. If you can’t attach them to the wall, just lean them against it. Make sure you have something with ample height in relation to the objects. You are aiming for proportion.
9. Same, same but different.
So you collect bottles, or glassware, or have a lot of the same item — that’s OK. Repetition is a little designer trick we like to use to get an overall effect and add impact. Style your objects together in groupings. Just remember the other tricks and tips when arranging them. So vary the heights, mix the textures and colors, or put all the same colors together or mix them up. These objects will look a lot more visually powerful than each of them standing on their lonesome.
You will soon discover your own personal decorating style and just go with that. There really are no rules, just guidelines. It is your home, after all, and your shelf, so style it up.