How to style your floating shelf

By Renate Engelbrecht

Mon, Sep 14

We recently added a floating shelf above our bed (it was about time) and I played mix and match with old and new to create the perfect wall décor that both Wikus and I would like. Through trial and error, I think it looks grand!

Where we got everything:

Floating shelf – Builders Warehouse

HERE IS HOW YOU CAN PUT UP YOUR OWN FLOATING SHELF WITHOUT MUCH HASSLE

Pots – Lots of Pots (Pretoria) and what we had at home

Frame – Boeremark (from a few years back, though)

Bronze vase – Quaint “padstal” between Oudtshoorn and Groot Brak (paid only R15 for it!)

Fern – Lots of Pots (Pretoria)

Orchid – GardenShop, Menlo Park

String-of-Pearls – Lots of Pots

Painting of a girl – Rini de Villiers (my mom)

READ MORE ABOUT MY MOM AND HER ART HERE

Tips for styling your floating shelf:

  • Don’t overdo it. When you add too many things to the shelf, it may look cluttered (and they normally come with a standard weight that they are able to carry, so be sure to read the package).
  • Add some mirrors. This helps to create light and space.
  • Greenery makes everything pretty. A dash of colour always goes a long way.
  • Use different shapes, sizes and textures.
  • Use different depths by putting some items more to the back and others more to the front.
  • Try to make imaginary diagonal lines by placing items strategically.
  • For different heights, try stacking things on top of each other or just use different sized objects.

What to put on your floating shelf:

  • Books
  • Photos
  • Frames
  • Art pieces
  • Greens or florals
  • Bowls
  • Decorative boxes
  • Vases (like the R15 vase we bought at a “padstal”) or terrariums (like
  • Candles and candlesticks

XOXOXO

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