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
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)
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:
- Art pieces
- Greens or florals
- Decorative boxes
- Vases (like the R15 vase we bought at a “padstal”) or terrariums (like
- Candles and candlesticks