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

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.

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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. Linda Terry
    July 20, 2016 / 12:48 am

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

  2. Carli A
    July 21, 2016 / 5:33 am

    Awwwwm thanks so much Linda! I can't wait to accumulate a larger collection 🙂

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