How to style your shelf unit 3 ways

How to style your shelf unit 3 ways

Styling your home is a great way to add character and a personal touch that makes your home unique, from a shelf unit to bookshelves, there are multiple ways you can show your style. You can add to your home interior design by arranging decorative elements in a aesthetic yet functional way. Low level sideboards and shelf unit are a popular addition to how homes, typically sit against a wall in a dining room, living room, hallway, or entryway and can be styled in multiple ways.  

Here are some tips for styling a sideboard shelving unit: 

Anchor the Space 

   - Use a sideboard or shelf unit to help to anchor a space and create a focal point. Make sure it is centre it on a wall and works to complement the overall aesthetic and space of the room.  

Consider the Style 

    - Choose items that match the style of the shelves and the rest of the room. Whether it's modern, traditional, rustic, or eclectic, it is important for the styling to be consistent with the overall design look and feel. 


   - Create visual interest by layering objects on the shelf unit, placing larger items at the back and smaller items in front to add depth. 

Vary Heights 

   - Use objects of varying heights to create a dynamic display. This could include tall vases, candlesticks, or decorative sculptures along side smaller items such as tealights, books and bowls.

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Symmetry or Asymmetry 

   - Another key point is to decide whether you want a symmetrical or asymmetrical arrangement. A symmetrical look can create a formal look, meanwhile a asymmetrical look can add a more casual and eclectic feel. 

Art or Mirror 

   - Hang a piece of art or a mirror above the shelf unit to add interest or light, make sure the size of the art or mirror is in proportion to the size of the sideboard. 

Books and Decorative Boxes 

   - Stack books or use decorative boxes to add height and provide a place for small items or additional storage. 

Candles and Candleholders 

   - Add candles or candleholders for a warm and cosy ambiance, they can be placed symmetrically or asymmetrically, depending on the overall style. 


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Functional Elements 

   - Consider the practical use of the sideboard or shelves. For example in a dining area, if it has drawers it can serve as storage for dinnerware, linens, or other items. Comparatively, if it is a shelf unit then utilise the shelves to display items such as glassware or decanters as well as general decorative items.

Personal Touches 

    - Display personal items such as framed photos, family heirlooms, or meaningful objects to make the space feel more personal and inviting, these can add a real sense of your individual style.

Colour Palette 

    - It is important to stick to a cohesive colour palette to ensure that the items on the sideboard work well together and complement the overall design of the room. 


   - Finally, incorporate plants or flowers to bring a touch of nature to the shelf unit, consider using vases with fresh flowers, potted plants, or even faux greenery as seen below. 

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Remember that styling is a personal expression of taste, so feel free to experiment and adjust until you achieve a look that suits your preferences and enhances the overall design of the space. 

Seasonal Changes 

    - Update the sideboard styling with the seasons. For example, you might use bright and vibrant décor in the spring and summer and switch to warmer, cosier items in the fall and winter. Make sure to swap out items to ensure they space

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