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Shelves – why having the right “shelfie” is the new design must-have

With the hashtag “shelfie” trending on Twitter and Instagram sharing 1.9 million “shelfie” posts, it seems that the once humble shelf in our home is now the new style statement.

Celebrity Homes

Peering into the homes of our politicians, celebrities and newsreaders we can’t help but look at the shelves behind can we?

We’ve seen family photographs in Royal households, a video of colour-co-ordinated books in JK Rowling’s home and taken a sneaky peek into Kelly Hoppen’s home each morning.

‘Home Shame’

But what if you suffer from ‘home shame’?

The new term for those who are so embarrassed by the backdrop to their rooms that they prefer to have a digital image instead.

We’re here to help!

Follow these top tips on styling and you’ll be able to show off your shelves with pride!

Paint Effects

Consider painting them the same colour as your walls for a seamless look.

Shelves – why having the right “shelfie” is the new design must-have

Or if you want a pop of colour to lift a neutral scheme, consider painting your shelves in a bright contrast colour.

The Dark Side

Shelves – why having the right “shelfie” is the new design must-have

Dark colours as a background can work particularly well to show off any coloured accessories.

This look makes a change from the bland background colours in most shelving.

The trick to getting this look right is to avoid clutter and don’t over fill your shelves. The spaces are just as important as the items. Less is more!

A Curated Look

Group your accessories via theme, texture or colour, to give a considered, designed look.

Shelves – why having the right “shelfie” is the new design must-have

You may also want to move any family photos, so they are not in view of your video calls.

Plants and Fresh Flowers

Shelves – why having the right “shelfie” is the new design must-have

For a simple, uplifting look, try grouping lots of flowers together. The matching baskets pull this scene together and the neutral backdrop highlights the colours of the flowers.

Shelves – why having the right “shelfie” is the new design must-have

Grouping plants together can make an instant impact on a shelf. Go for the urban jungle look, which looks fresh and is on-trend at the moment!

Library Look

Shelves – why having the right “shelfie” is the new design must-have

You could opt for the “library’ look if you colour coordinate the spines or have some fabulous hard-backed books to make an impact.

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