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Almost everything has a shelf life.

Trends expire and seasons change so it’s no wonder that right now, online readers are looking for ways to freshen up their shelves. Arranging collectibles and displaying books is tricky so our audience has been consuming tips for decorating shelves and bookcases.

Expert designer Tyler Wisler says, “I believe that when you are displaying your favorite items you need to think in clusters, or small moments. You can either group by color, by size or by specifically what the items are. I have on my living room shelves a stack of small wooden boxes, near a large vintage trunk because they are within the same genre of accessories, if you will.”

Rustic Shelving Display by Tyler Wisler for HGTV Design Happens

“On another shelf, I let a gorgeous ram skull rest up against a piece of found driftwood and kept the surrounding areas open to give it more importance,” says Tyler.

Shelf Display by Tyler Wisler for HGTV Design Happens

If you have more stuff to display than you have space, consider making your own shelves. I was inspired by Tyler’s look and found this DIY industrial-rustic bookshelf project by Dan Faires.

If you’re adding shelf life to your home, decorate with the mantra—quality over quantity.

Tyler says, “Often the use of negative space on a shelf is just as powerful as the impact of filled space. An important tool when arranging is your editing eye, sometimes less is more!”

How are you giving your home a fresh look? Tell us about it…or just keep clicking.

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  2. Marie says:

    I change out the book shelves in my condo all the time. Always changing things around.

  3. LaNell says:

    I like my books, and other things hidden…so, I find easily adaptable furniture….either media centers or wardrobes…in charity thrift stores. Ones that are very tall, take up little floor space out from the wall as possible. and build shelves inside. If there are not enough peg holes, I make a template and drill them out carefully,etec. I have gotten fabulous compliments on it. I also have them as clothes and linen armoires in each of my bedrooms, as well as the bookcase on in my dining room/living room.

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  6. Kat says:

    Not even the best John Hayson-designed home would ever be complete without something like this. There are few better ways to give a house a sense of both convenience and style at the same time than the humble shelf.

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