Don’t know what a shelfie is?!
Allow me to explain. I found multiple definitions of shelfie including but not limited to, a selfie in the shower (no bueno!) and a photo of yourself with a book. For our purposes we are going to go with the definition of a photo of a shelf and the items on it.
A shelf selfie, if you will.
So how do you know if your shelfie game is strong? And why does this even matter?
Honestly, in the whole scheme of things – it doesn’t. Buttttt, if you are like us and aesthetics can either make you or break you, then you’ll wanna listen up.
A few questions to ask yourself.
- Do you find that when things find there way onto your shelves that aren’t supposed to be there you are less productive than usual?
- Do you find that your eyes usually settle on one specific shelf that kind of feels like home in comparison to the rest of them?
- Do you find yourself sitting and admiring your shelf styling work?
- Is it constantly in the back of your mind when you walk through the room?
- Do you feel a sense of peace when your styling of a space is “done”?
Anecdotal Evidence that you might be like us.
My husband and children have completely different ideas about aesthetics than I do (not surprising, right?!)
You see my children’s first purpose in life every day seems to be selecting one toy (out of the ridiculous amount of toys that we have) and fighting over it all morning. The toy inevitably gets taken away and finds a new “home” on our bookshelves. When I take it away I put it on top of the bookshelf, and my husband, he places it right in the middle of my previously perfectly styled shelf. I’ll admit, we both could do better about just taking the toy back to it’s real home in the toy room.
My husband also does this with just about anything that is in his path as he walks through the living area. (Don’t worry, I still love him and know that there are plenty of things that I do that drive him just as crazy!)
Needless to say, by the end of the week my shelves are not so perfectly styled.
The funny thing is that I usually walk around our house with this sense of overwhelm, not immediately realizing that its just the aesthetic of my shelves that’s killing my vibe.
Literally, fluffing my throw pillows and righting my bookshelves levels me like you wouldn’t believe. Unless, of course, you are like me.
Regardless, below are some ideas for living your best shelfie life.
Shelfie Take 1
These large bookshelves are the focal point of our living area. I only style them through the fourth shelf or so and let the kids / library books live on the bottom shelf. It feels like win win. Even while sitting my eye level is above what feels like clutter to me. And we still have books present in our living area to encourage our kids to read.
Notice the pops of color, the use of different textures, and the whimsy of the books placed with the pages out. Honestly, I LOVE the idea of seeing the bookends if you had a home library. Otherwise, the often competing colors and busyness can quickly overwhelm me.
Size and height also come into play. Actually now that I am looking at the picture above, shelves 1+2 and shelves 3+4 pair quite nicely together. But the 2nd and 3rd shelves are almost exactly identical in styling. The height on these shelves is on the left, a round candle in the middle, and a similar square shape on the right. I will likely go switch that 3rd shelf and in turn flip flop the 4th shelf right now. Haha!
Shelfie Take 2
On this shelf in my office I have basically told a story of me. Beauty as an art is a passion of mine. I am 100% a yellow gold girl. You know I can’t get enough of our brand blue (a color that pairs so nicely with gold!) Ampersands remind me of big love like Mark & Jenne and those “& suddenly” moments when God shows up and shows you how big His love is for you.
Shelfie Take 3
Note the mixing of vintage & modern, glamorous & practical. (Haha, see what I did there.)
Shelfie Take 4
Here Lindsey tells a story with a quote and uses low maintenance succulents to add some color.
5 Tips to Get Your Shelfie Game on Point
- It’s all about BALANCE. Especially when styling multiple shelves (like a bookshelf) make sure the shelves above and below balance each other out.
- Think about MOMENTS and style around them. For example, the pink and gold moment (on the second shelf in Take 1) spoke to me. I made sure the red globe that features the same pink was close by and added some romantic whimsy above and below with the pages of the books facing outward.
- Use COLOR. We love an all white background, but all white (or neutral) things on the all white background gets boring real quick. Color is so much fun to work with!
- PLANTS, real or fake it till ya make it works here. (Hint all mine are fake, and Lindsey’s baby succulents are real.)
- Tell a STORY. To me, the items that fill my shelves aren’t just frivolous things, they are opportunities to create a narrative. Like in Take 2, it is so fun for me to infuse the story of me and my family into my home decor.
Tell us, how is your shelfie game?! We hope this post is helpful, and would love to hear any additional tips you have!!