Office - How to decorate open shelves
nodeerhere
July 10, 2014 in Design Dilemma
I've just had cabinets and shelving intalled in my home office. I realize I've not been wise about the design of the upper shelves. What do you suggest I put on the shelves? They seem too large and too tall for photos.
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Maureen
I think you're just going to have to experiment with items and placement and once you get it right, it will look great. You will also achieve better balance if you add something substantial in the large middle area - sets of black and white prints or a large rectangle print. Lowcountry Residence; Maryanna
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decoenthusiaste
Keep it big, grouped in pairs, threes, fives or sevens. Do you have a collection to display? If you wish to mix decor and books use 1/3 books, 1/3 decor and 1/3 open space. You might find that painting the white back of the shelves in your accent color really adds up decor-wise.
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nodeerhere
decoenthusiate: the background is not white. It is cream and it's my wall color. I don't think I want to change the color. I don't have books to display. The photos you show are very nice but the shelves are much smaller than mine. I don't have really tall pieces.
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nodeerhere
Maureen: very nice photos. My shelves seem too big for books. Looks like framed art or very interesting items like you show would work nicely.
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Maureen
You could use books, but lay them down - which also makes it interesting. See my first pic top shelf. Have fun.
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nodeerhere
Maureen: yes I did that in my previous home with very old books. Decided not to move the books. The real dilemma is the big 3 foot tall shelves.
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Maureen
Are you referencing the two top shelves...they are 3 feet?!! A collection of masks and pottery. Lyke Residence - 2Scale Architects;Library;San Francisco Mid Century
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nodeerhere
Yes they are square, about 3 x 3. Wish I had realized sooner.
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decoenthusiaste
Hit the second hand shops, flea markets to find interesting large pieces to fill them. Otherwise you'll just have a boring set of shelves. You have built-in an opportunity for yourself here if you can just wrap your head around it.
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Gray & Walter, Ltd.
You could add shelves. Is this wall supposed to be decorative, functional or a combination?
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Maureen
They will be fine with the right larger pieces...buy, bring home and it not right, return. You'll find the right items. Keep a bit of a theme to make the whole bookshelf work together.
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abbyjean
I think you are going to be very happy with this space once the shelves are taken care of. GREAT advice to find art for those square areas.....ones with lots of color, but not a lot of detail as the eye cannot appreciate it there enough. You will, though, by having the space filled in and color added. They can lean/be propped and something placed in front that corresponds to the piece is always nice, too.
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