6 Beautiful Living Room Shelf Styling Ideas

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When it comes to styling your living room shelves, there are various routes you can take to create a look that's perfect for you. It's important to consider your personal style and the function of your shelves. If they serve as a handy storage solution, maximising neat and tidy storage baskets may be a good place to start. If they’re a decorative feature, there are some great options to choose from as well. Let’s take a look at our top six styling tips for living room shelves:


1. Less is More

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If you lean towards minimalism, your shelves are the perfect place to reflect that! A simple 'less is more' approach embraces the sleek look of beautifully minimalistic style, so keep your shelves clutter-free. Choose a few statement pieces, like this stylish vase, and add just a few points of interest to your shelves - letting each item shine and keeping your decorative pieces to a minimum.

2. Colour Coordination

This can be a fun, colourful choice or a calm, tonal look. Whether you’re pairing neutral accessories in shades of white, beige, and brown or arranging decorative items with pops of colour, organising your shelves using colour coordination is a stylish choice. Why not experiment with a sophisticated monochromatic colour scheme? Arranging items from light to dark can elevate your shelf style and make everything look even tidier - it's a great option for books too, to keep them looking neat.

3. Mix and Match

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Creating a stunning focal point is made easy by mixing and matching your accessories. By combining different textures, shapes, and heights, you can easily elevate your shelf styling, maximising interest and creating an area that invites the eye to explore your shelves. This is a particularly good idea if you have an empty wall that just needs ‘something’ - transform it with an interesting new feature! We love these cube candles, in white or green, to add a playful touch to your home decor, and they’ll introduce a new shape to your shelf space.


4. Gallery Wall

Creating a little gallery wall is a great idea for adding interest to a blank space. And, we have the perfect thing for the job too — our Oak Picture Shelves. Crafted from raw oak, they help you create a wonderful display that you can change regularly. Showcase your favourite pictures, photos, postcards, children's artwork, or a combination of all of them! If you love to swap out displays seasonally or fancy a quick transformation with easy installation, there’s no need to hang any picture frames to achieve this look; these oak shelves are a great choice!

5. Touches of Green

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Indoor plants and succulents are brilliant for bringing life to your shelves. We love the look, but if you aren't keen on constant upkeep, you can choose low-maintenance varieties like pothos, snake plants, or cacti to add a touch of greenery without the hassle. Choosing faux plants is another great option - they're self-sufficient and sure to always look great! Our range of planters and vases are sure to bring your houseplants to life. Pick from options ideal for Scandi-style, like this muted pastel planter, or this dusky pink pot for a lovely pop of colour.

6. Stylish and Functional Storage

If you love for your shelves to double up as handy storage, that doesn’t mean they can’t be stylish! Why not pick out some useful metal baskets? Perfect for tidying up unruly shelves and putting away anything lying around. It means you can keep everything within arm’s reach and also maintain neat shelves! Adding a decorative bowl is also one of our top tips for elegant storage. Use it to place down bits and bobs while adding something new to your shelf.

If you’re looking for the perfect pieces to style your living room shelves, browse our collection of stunning home accessories. Ideal for a range of interior styles, from this Earthenware Patterned Vase, perfect for a Scandi-style space, to this vintage-inspired Glass Bottle with Stopper that complements a luxe look.

Sophie, Interior stylist at Funky Chunky Furniture discussing our wood options

Sophie O'Mahony

Sophie is our in-house interior fashion expert, writing our on-trend blogs and curates our ethical accessory collections.

Sophie works with the furniture designers at Funky Chunky Furniture - she has quite a bit of experience creating rustic interior design sets for photo shoots across all rooms in the home.

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