I've been decorating a client's Brooklyn brownstone apartment and we're at the final stage of adding the finishing touches. Her living room bookcase that until now had contained nothing but books presented us with the opportunity to change the dynamic and incorporate some of her favorite accessories and keepsakes among the books. Decorating bookcases or shelves is a great way to express your creativity and bring an artistic dimension to a room. Also, as London Interior designer, Kelly Hoppen succinctly puts it, "A beautiful arrangement of accessories on a self is an easy, elegant way to embrace trends and keep your interiors up to date."
I love and collect hand-carved wooden bowls, crystal vases and lacquered boxes, which appeal to my sense of practicality of having things that are both beautiful and functional. Accessorizing your shelves might consist of using exclusively one material, like ceramic, crystal, lucite, wood or stone. Alternatively, all the pieces could be in one color, or even a group of the same object to achieve high visual impact. Place like objects together and don't cram too many pieces in one spot to avoid creating a random jumble. Let your creativity flow...
Helen Green Design
Custom cerused oak wall display with lacquered linen shelf - designed by Doreen Chambers Interiors