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My butler’s pantry shelf is one of my favorite spots to decorate! When I designed this kitchen I wanted some open shelving that could hold useful kitchen items, but that was also a spot I could decorate and use to add a touch of my personality to our home.
To be honest, when we first moved into this home my excitement over these “perfect shelves to decorate” wore off quickly. I really struggled styling this shelf! I struggled styling all of my shelves that first year in our home. Shelf styling is harder than it looks. Finding that perfect balance of colors and objects that blend well together, mixing textures and sizes, layering pieces, keeping it visually interesting without too much clutter. Ahh! It’s a lot to think about! Two things have been the most helpful to me when styling the shelves in my home. Number 1 is practice. Shelf styling is something that you have to play around and experiment with to get better at and the more you do it, the more you learn what type of look you love and what works best in your home.
Number 2 is the rule of threes. Maybe you’ve heard of this? If not I hope this is helpful! If you have I hope it’s a good reminder. :) The rule of threes is a popular concept in so many areas – business, productivity, survival and of course.. in design. I use the rule of threes ALL THE TIME throughout my home (especially when I style shelves) and most of the time I don’t even realize it until after I’ve done it! Objects grouped in threes really do flow and appeal to us visually.
You can see in my Valentine shelf decor above I’ve created five different groups of three. Three small striped bowls stacked on the top left. On the middle shelf I have a large group of three with the pink jar, wooden tray and XOXO plate. To the right is a large group of three with my stacked plates, a cake stand and some mugs with straws. The three mugs with straws are another group of three. Last I have a group of three items on the right side of my counter with a white cake stand, pink bowls and a red heart bowl holding candy. (Toss in some candy to really make your shelves stand out.) ;)
If you are struggling to decorate a spot in your home (shelves, coffee table, console table.. whatever!) try taking your items off and put some of them back in groups of three. Let me know if you’d like to see more examples of this in a future post! Like I mentioned, I do it all the time when I decorate. Even when I don’t realize I’m doing it. :)
A few more pics of my kitchen! I’ve really enjoyed all of the pink and red touches this year.
I’m on the hunt for new light fixtures to go over my islands that flow a little better with the pendant in my bay window. I won’t switch them out until I find “the ones” which according to my husband “will take years.” Ha. He’s right. I’m a slow decorator because I want to LOVE EVERY SINGLE THING in my home.
I can’t help it. If loving everything I bring into this home is wrong, I don’t want to be right. ;)
Really my husband should just be grateful I’ve kept HIM around in this home for so long if I’m as picky as he seems to think I am.
Happy early Valentine’s Day babe! My gift to you is one more year with me. Lucky guy! You are so very welcome.