How to Quickly Transform a Blank Wall with a Basic Bookcase and Styling

7:59:00 AM

In our open floor plan, we have this wall right in between our living room and dining room.  This wall stands as the center of our home and is always a challenge. While I've tried different things here, recently it's been empty.  Well today my husband asked that I take some pics of some bookshelves that he got in an auction to sell, so I figured it would be a fun way to transform this blank wall.
The bookcase started out pretty basic, I gave it a couple coats of my favorite paint color of the year, lol, Behr Private Black, and because this little styling session was on a whim, I shopped my house for items to style it with.

When styling shelves, the secret is layering . . .

and of course cohesion! For this bookcase, I used a theme of whites, browns and natural textures/elements to create this quick little vignette.

A wooden dough bowl, some white vases, printer-paper covered books, and some old magazines for height, help to create interest.

If you follow me on instagram, you should remember my vintage basket plant stand that I scored for $5!!!  I adore it, and I love how it adds texture to this little vignette.

Speaking of texture, I grabbed some basket lids and created an impromptu basket gallery wall.  I also grabbed my produce basket to add some additional texture and balance things out a bit.  Some ideas to fill baskets, especially if your vignette is in the kitchen or dining area:  fruits, vegetables, linen:  like tablecloths, hand towels or place mats.

To create a little area of visual pleasure (my definition for vignette, lol) you don't have to go spend a fortune!  Shop your house, mix and match, pull elements from different rooms, even if it's just temporary.  Doing this, for me, is definitely a mood booster.

What are some of your favorite tricks for shelf styling?


Here's another shelf I styled  (in the same space) using a lot of the same elements:

Bookcase Styling

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  1. Can I just say how much I looove the basket gallery! And the styling is amazing!

  2. Awwwwm thanks so much Linda! I can't wait to accumulate a larger collection :)


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