Updated: Aug 19, 2020
A couple months ago, I did my first Instagram Live with you all - a SHELFIE workshop! I'm finally getting around to doing a write-up for you with a summary of the tips + tricks I shared:
When you're styling, the color palette is the first thing I think about. It's definitely important to display things you love, but incorporating elements that make those keepsakes seem intentional is what makes the statement. Personally, I prefer using a neutral base with books turned backwards, white candles, greenery (another 'neutral' in my book) and natural/wood elements with pops of one or two colors.
RULE OF THIRDS
I learned about this technique in one of the first interior design classes I ever took! It is used by all kinds of designers, not just interior designers, where you break your design into nine 'squares' (3 rows and 3 columns) and where the lines intersect is where the focal point should be. In my designs, I apply this idea mostly when I'm grouping things together (it'll usually be in groups of 3 or if my design calls for more elements, the groups will consist of an odd number of those elements) and I also use this idea in terms of height placement. Using this for hanging art on a wall (2/3 the way up from the floor is a great go-to), or when styling a tray on a coffee table (a vase with greenery next to a candle stacked on some books next to a taller vase or votive, for example, gives an aesthetically pleasing impact in regards to how tall each of those items are in relation to each other).
SHOP YOUR OWN HOME
Shopping your own home is the perfect fix ESPECIALLY because #quarantine instead of buying new things or wanting to style your space. We all have that one dresser that hasn't been touched in yearsss right?! So why not take that picture frame that's been on your desk and add a candle and a vase with some greenery to switch it up a bit? I do this on the regular and I love seeing and feeling the changes when I switch up the visuals/focal points throughout the rooms in my home!
I sorta mentioned this in the beginning of the workshop and shopping your home ties into this point as well...once you've taken a shot at styling your space, step back and take it all in! NEWS FLASH: you don't have to keep it that way forever! Sit with it for a day or two if it doesn't quite feel right or take things away it feels too cluttered! At the end of the day, it's YOUR space! You're the one looking at it every day so as long as you're happy with it, it's good to go!
If you haven't seen it already, be sure to check out the IG Live: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CAePnVLlB4D/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link