Welcome to Stylish Wardrobes and Showerscreens: Your Guide to Styling Open Shelves

Welcome, decor enthusiasts and home improvement aficionados, to Stylish Wardrobes and Showerscreens’ guide on how to elevate your space with the art of styling open shelves.

Whether you’re revamping your living room, sprucing up your kitchen, or adding character to your home office, open shelves offer a canvas for creativity and personal expression like no other.

At Stylish Wardrobes and Showerscreens, we understand that every corner of your home tells a story – a reflection of your unique taste, lifestyle, and aspirations. That’s why we’re passionate about helping you transform mundane shelves into captivating showcases that not only organize your belongings but also serve as stunning focal points in your home.

From balancing aesthetics with functionality to curating a cohesive color palette, we’ll walk you through every step of the process, offering practical tips and inspiring ideas along the way. Let’s dive in and unleash the full potential of your open shelves!

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Should you stock your shelves with beautiful objects? Absolutely. However, it’s equally essential to incorporate both practical and sentimental items that contribute to the warm and welcoming atmosphere of your home. Incorporate a mix of plants, photographs, decorative pieces, artwork, containers, and vases. While doing so, pay attention to diversifying the sizes, textures, styles, and color tones of the items you arrange on each shelf to introduce diversity and capture interest.

Pro tip: Exercise caution in avoiding overfilling your shelves, as this can lead to a cluttered appearance. Instead, strive for a more open and airy look by leaving ample space around the items. A good indicator of a well-balanced arrangement is when you can still see the back of the shelves beyond the displayed items.


Whether you have a book collection to rival the National Library of Australia or you’re a once-a-year reader, books are a cherished choice for decorating living room shelves. Infuse vitality into open shelving by arranging books in a mix of vertical and horizontal orientations, evenly distributing colors for a sense of balance. Use a stack of horizontally positioned books in various sizes as a base for displaying ornaments or vases, and build your arrangement from there.

Pro tip: If you are organising kids books – use the rainbow method and sort by ROYGBIV. This helps create a playful and creative space for kids, and a stylized space for adults. Arrange the books, art supplies, toys, and pretend food by color, and you will not only have a pretty playroom, but your kids will automatically know where everything is stored.

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Eager to experiment with that vibrant paint shade in your home but hesitant to use it throughout an entire room? Instead, consider applying it to accentuate open shelving. Opt for a color that contrasts with your displayed items, and you’ll discover how it beautifully accentuates their form and texture.

Opt for bright and light colors over darker ones, as they tend to open up a space rather than closing it in. Embrace this season’s trendy teals, greens, and blues for a stylish living or family room, choose a dusky pink for a playful child’s room, or go for sunny yellow in a home office for an added energy boost and enhanced productivity.

Pro tip: Paint the backdrop before installing the shelving to ensure a seamless and polished look.


Elevate the charm of your open shelving by integrating artwork, transforming it into a curated showcase. The key is to strike a harmonious balance—layer a few carefully chosen pieces amidst books for a visually appealing arrangement. Feel free to mix themes and mediums, combining framed black and white photos with lively abstracts for a dynamic and personalized touch. Whether you opt for DIY creations or support local artists, each piece contributes to the narrative of your space.

Pro tip: Remember, moderation is key; strategically placing artwork on select shelves adds an artistic flair without overwhelming the overall display.

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Thank you sincerely for taking the time to delve into our blog post on shelf styling. Your engagement and interest mean the world to us at Stylish Wardrobes and Showerscreens. We hope you found inspiration and valuable insights to elevate your home décor. Here’s to your continued journey of transforming spaces with style and creativity. Thank you for being a part of our community!



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