Discover the 22 Ways to Arrange Your Shelves


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  1. Use empty picture frames to create visually striking geometric patterns against a wall.
  2. A cleverly arranged bookcase can be as pretty as a window view.
  3. Borrow a trick from interior designers: Inside a bookcase, use paint that’s a couple shades deeper than the room color.
  4. For maximum pop, try arranging the shelves with solid-colored items, like white ironwork or a vibrant vase.
  5. Imagine living room shelves as display space for your favorite books, photographs, and family heirlooms.
  6. Give bathroom shelves an organized look by grouping together like-colored towels.
  7. Use labeled boxes to house odds and ends without a home.
  8. Shelve items by type―pots on one level, books on another―for a systematic look to your kitchen.
  9. A simple arrangement of classics has the order and stateliness of a library.
  10. Style a bookcase with unexpected items, like an eye-catching antique or a porcelain statue.
  11. Ordinary items collected in glass jars make an arresting still-life.
  12. Organizing a colorful collection of found objects makes an offbeat (and inexpensive) alternative to wall art.


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