White styled shelves. Not one little bit boring.
Doesn’t have to all be expensive. Here is a shelf filled with all Target items – you probably recognize this image from the their threshold line, I saw this image and was smitten so I saved it. It’s interesting and fun.
But how do you make a white shelf with white accessories not look boring, plain or clinical? There is an art to it.
My formula for a good white shelf mix: 10% quirky, 10% modern, 20% classic, 60% white.
Collections of anything white make for some fun. Just be sure it’s not all the same shade of white! Because that would be B-O-R-I-N-G. Vary your shades – cream, pale tan, white. Different shapes are great too. In this picture, the designer has a few quirky shaped pieces, a few modern (clean-lined) pieces, and the rest classic. It totally works!
This grouping is far more classic. But notice how that crystal perfume bottle throws in a mod feel with the sharper lines. Just enough to keep it from feeling 100% traditional. It’s great to try and throw a surprise accessory in the pile to keep things from looking too serious or maybe worse, granny-esque.
I’m always on the hunt for white things to place on a shelf or next to a pile of books. And I’m always changing our vignettes around. Getting your accessories from many different sources (in different styles and price points) makes for that “collected over time” feel. I’m also fascinated with finishes that aren’t quite “perfect.” Maybe a vintage, tarnished trophy. Or an overscale bright white ceramic bird in a funky shape. Crusty painted wood with a few peeled paint layers? Very cool and interesting.
My favorite places to find white accessories? flea markets, TJ Maxx, Target, antique shops, thrift stores, and yes, ebay. I find the places like TJ Maxx, etc. don’t offer the really cool, aged pieces. That’s where the flea markets and thrift places come in. But you can count on the TJ’s and Targets to provide the fun white glass accessories that are affordable and over scale.
If you do collect a lot of one particular thing, be sure to group them together for impact, like the cake stand picture above.
Cheers to a day filled with some funky white.