My Top Shelf Styling Tips

My Top Shelf Styling Tips

Today I am excited to share my tips for styling shelves! Styling shelves can be a daunting task but hopefully these tips inspire you!

As some of you know my husband is a master woodworker. He has built almost everything in our home and he has gotten to the point where I can just show him some photos and draw out some rough measurements and he can turn my dreams into reality in a weekend. I am so grateful to have such a talented husband and that I am able to customize furniture to exactly how I want, it truly is such a blessing! 

Our third baby is due in about two months and I have had so many projects I’ve wanted to accomplish and having a beautiful cabinet to store some of my “pretties” as we call them around here is one of them. Last weekend we built this cabinet and this week I’ve been playing around with styling this piece. Sometimes I can feel so intimidated by starting that I never actually start and I just want you to know that you probably will not love what you put together on the first try, but keep moving things around and trying new things and you will find exactly what you were picturing in your mind. 

Y’all know I cannot stand mindless clutter or overly busy spaces, so here are my favorite tips on keeping something beautifully curated.


This is the first step! Decide the color palette you want to use, a good rule of thumb is to use the golden ratio – 60% primary color, 30% secondary color and 10% accent color. As you can see, I chose to use mostly white and clear pieces with a few touches of natural wood tones and just a pop of green from one of my favorite faux plants.

I think if you decide on a color palette for your home as a whole, you will be able to shop your home and switch up your decor in different places because it will all flow together perfectly.


I want my piece to feel overall cohesive so keeping the balance from either side and the shelves is important. You don’t want to use all shorter items in one part and all tall items in another. This is where risers, cake stands, and even just simply stacking items comes in handy. I also try to balance colors. I don’t want all of my wood tones on one side or white pieces. This is where playing around with styling and stepping back to see what looks good takes place. Just keep moving things around until it feels right!


Keeping your items grouped by type keeps the space from looking undone and cluttered. I kept all of my glassware together and grouped them together to create a bigger looking collection without even adding anything extra. If you collect anything, this is a perfect chance to showcase your collection.


A touch of greenery always helps to bring life to a space! It’s one of my favorite last touches to add either to help fill an empty spot or just pull everything together. I think a good faux greenery piece is highly underrated, Michaels and Hobby Lobby have such high quality stems and pots, but one of my favorite places to find mine are at Vintage Market Days! We have a weekend market in our area twice a year and I love going and seeing what the vendors have to offer. I highly encourage you to look it up and find one to go to yourself!

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post. I hope I was able to inspire you and give you some ideas for your own home. Let me know if you have any questions in the comments. If you aren’t already, follow me on Instagram @thesimplecozyhaven for more tips, tricks and everyday life. I would love to get to know you better! 

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