Learn how to decorate your shelves for winter by using fresh flowers, natural accessories, and neutral colors. It’s easy and takes less than 20 minutes!
Today we are focusing on ideas that comes to mind when we begin a new year. At the end of the post, you will find links to inspiration for adding neutral colors, fresh bed linens, decluttering, and more. Everything we’re featuring can be accomplished in 20 minutes or less!
One of my favorite things to do with the arrival of each new season is style the shelves in our living room. Many times it’s simply a matter of removing or adding a few items…but this time I literally started from scratch. And it was still finished in under 20 minutes.
The picture above is what the shelves looked like after I removed the ironstone Christmas tree. The leftovers consisted of random, empty pitchers, and the Lenox Christmas china that still had not been put away. It all looked terribly sad and in need of some cohesive charm. (I store the Christmas Lenox and my wedding china in the cabinet under the shelves. You can see what the cabinet looks like HERE.)
How to Decorate Shelves: First Tip
Start with an empty slate. Take everything off the shelves, and then slowly add back. Begin with your biggest and most important items. My first three pieces are a pitcher of flowers, a round basket, and a long dough bowl. I left an empty shelf between the dough bowl and basket so the natural tone of all the items would be balanced. I arranged the flowers in the kitchen before I began.
Because the winter months are upon us, I wanted a calm and neutral color palette. After placing the three main pieces, I added in pitchers and some leaning pictures. Interest was added by a pedestal cake plate topped with a vintage tureen. The combination of the pedestal plate and tureen added height, and also a bit of the unexpected.
Generally, when I decorate these shelves, I add color with faux or real flowers, small seasonal accessories, or greenery. I wanted to use my long dough bowl, so I decided to switch things up a bit. I kept the palette neutral, but there are two different neutral shades: my normal ivory or off-white, and a darker, natural tone.
The darker color came in with:
- the dough bowl on the top shelf
- The round wicker basket
- the natural wood cake stand
I’m leaving the dough bowl empty for now, but I plan to add little seasonal accessories throughout the year. Faux cherry blossoms for spring, dried hydrangeas in summer, and little white pumpkins for fall.
I swapped out the red plaid pillows that were used at Christmas for something textured pillows in neutral tones, and placed two ivory throws on the blanket ladder. The red and navy plaid blanket that I used at Christmas remained, because it lends a cozy touch of winter.
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I was able to transform these basic shelves for no money, and in under 20 minutes. I didn’t buy anything new, I simply looked around the house, and used what I had. You can never go wrong when you invest in neutral accessories for your home. They can be used anywhere, they mix and match, and they are timeless.
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