This family had beautiful built-in shelves that were in need of some styling love!
Their amazing windows let in a lot of natural light, but lacked drapery to really make the space feel like a home. Ricardo and I spent a day making this already great space even better! Here are some tips from our install that may be helpful to you if you're doing similar projects.
PICK A COLOR SCHEME
When styling book shelves, keep the colors of the decorative items you're using within 2 - 3 colors, and accentuate those with neutral colored hardcover books. If your books vary a lot in color, you can always flip them around on the shelf so that only the pages, not the binding, shows.
When you're styling book shelves, do NOT fill the whole shelf with books and whatnots. As a rule of thumb, leave at least 30% of the shelf as breathing room. The shelves will feel curated instead of cluttered. I cannot stress this point enough. Editing is key!
READ (AND FOLLOW!) THE DIRECTIONS
This may seem like a no-brainer, but Ricardo and I are both experienced designers and we still read the manufacturers directions on anything that requires assembly. In this case, the drapery rods from Pottery Barn called for FIVE brackets. At first we thought this was excessive, but once we got the rod up with only 3, we realize that the extra brackets were absolutely needed.
USE YOUR RESOURCES
One trick we love to do is to throw ready-made drapery panels into the dryer on the 'steam' setting to knock out wrinkles. If you've ever bought curtains that have been packed into a tight package, you know how hard it is to get out those fold creases! Using the dryer helps alleviate some of that.
Watch the video below to see how we pulled it all together!
Creative spirit living & loving in Raleigh, NC.