Beautiful ideas for perfect shelf styling! Not sure what your shelf is missing? Here are some beautiful finds to bring height, depth, texture, & more!
Shelf styling is not a skill that I had when I started blogging. Truthfully, I was awful at it. Everything I did ended up looking cluttered and uneven. It’s taken me a few years to learn how to style things properly so that my shelves look balanced and beautiful. One of the first things I realized is that perfect shelf styling requires stuff. It doesn’t all have to be new stuff, it can be stuff that brings you joy, or stuff you use regularly. But today I’m sharing a few of my favourite styling finds from Amazon in hopes that you can find what your shelves are missing!
What should we put on our shelves?
There are a tons of great items that you can fill your shelves with to bring the right balance of texture, pattern, colour, etc. You can probably shop your home for most of it, but I’m sharing a few of my favourite finds below so that you don’t have to spend hours searching like I have.
These are the main categories of things that I like to put on my shelves. Everything I picked out below falls into one of these categories, and I’ll explain a little bit about why I love each item.
- Books and Bookends
- Photo Frames
- Decorative Bowls
- Stacked Boxes
- Sculptures and Figurines
- Planters and Pots
- Candle Holders
35 Ideas for Perfect Shelf Styling
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Black Round Bud Vase
I love the unique shape and pattern on this vase. This is a great piece for balancing the heights on your shelves.
Decorative Wood Bowl
Adding wooden pieces always brings a beautiful natural texture. A round bowl like this can add depth to the shelves, and you can choose to fill it with beautiful seasonal decor or greenery.
Decorative Metal Boxes with Gold Finish
Stackable boxes are one of the easiest ways to decorate a shelf. They already have built in progressive height and usually come in a set of three. The gold colour of these ones and the interesting latch is beautiful!
Hand Carved Thinker Sculpture
I love adding sculptures. I have this exact one on the shelf in my home office!
Short Ceramic Plant Pot with Wood Base
Greenery is a must for every shelf. Real or faux is up to you and your green thumb. This mid-century modern planter looks beautiful in every style of home.
Small Ceramic Vase
This is another beautiful vase! Vases are always beautiful when paired up together with a couple of different heights. This one is screaming for a single stem of greenery!
Tom Ford Book
Books are a must for many open shelves. Standing vertically or lying down horizontally, they can always be used to find balance in height. This one is a very well-known design book. It's contrasting black and white spine make it a beautiful book for styling shelves and coffee tables!
Wood Photo Frame Set
Photos are great ways to add height to any shelf! you can get really cheap, affordable prints (like these ones!), and add your own character.
3 Brass Gold Metal Taper Candle Holders
Candle holders as beautiful as these ones are almost sculptures! They don't even need candles inside. The metal adds a shine that reflects the light and brings visual interest to your shelves.
I love this bowl! It's so pretty and so functional. Use it to throw cars keys into, or usb keys, or memory cards. Whatever you keep in it won't take away from the beautiful design.
Rustic Tall Stoneware Vase
A tall vase is a must for most styled bookshelves! I love the pattern of this one!
Coffee Canister Set
Things bought in twos are always great for styling - built in height differences. I have two just like these black guys on my shelves at our coffee station!
Decorative Cardboard Boxes
Another great set of boxes! These ones actually come in tons of different colours, but they are very similar to the ones I used to stack items on my office shelves, and they are practical too!
I love this sculpture! The empty space in the middle gives it so much visual interest and lets to you layer behind it! Imagine a patterned print or a photograph tucked halfway behind this guy.
Small Cement Succulent Planters
Another way to add greenery and life is with these little planters. And bonus, if you choose to add real succulents, they are so low maintenance, you don't have to worry about them getting water, sunlight, etc up on your shelf!
Metal Mesh Bowl
This is a bowl I currently have in my office. I have filled it with ornaments and pinecones for different seasons in the past, but you can also leave it empty and show off the pattern of it.
Here's another creative way to add that beautiful wood texture! Modern in it's sleek design, they will look beautiful with a curated book collection!
Small White Vase Set
When we are curating shelves, we are always looking for groupings of the magic number 3 (it's just so pleasing to the eye!). These ones are already a set. Keep them together or separate them and style them on different shelves or in different rooms.
Enameled First Aid Box
I wasn't going to share this one, but then I decided I would because even bathroom open shelves need some style! The contrast of the black and white will definitely make this piece stand out.
Cozy Minimalist Home: More Style, Less Stuff
If you're going to add books for texture or height, why not make them books that you actually want to read? This is a great one for any design lover.
Cotton Rope Basket
Cotton is another way to add an interesting texture to your shelves. These are especially great if you have lower shelves and are looking for ways to hide things like toys. We have very similar ones in our bathroom to hide the not-so-pretty items on the shelf behind a pretty basket!
Brass Gold Metal Pillar Candle Holders
I love the geometric design of these candle holders! Pop a candle on these and bring it down, or leave it up, to add some light and ambiance to your room.
Matte Black Plant Pot
I'm a sucker for a beautiful black pot. I may already have a few exactly like this guy!
Modern Angled Flower Vase
I have a vase very similar to this one at home and it's one of my favourites. It gets moved from room to room when I style, and always has a spot. The pattern, the texture, the way the light plays off it. No need for flowers (although you absolutely can add some).
Iron Giant Jack Shaped Bookends
These guys would look great at bookends, or as stand alone pieces on shelves in different rooms. I would probably layer these on top of a couple of books or boxes. A great, unique shape and texture.
Succulent Pots with Golden Stand
I love the unique base of these guys! It's hard to find ways to layer greenery on the shorter side because most stems are popping out of large vases or planters, but these mini guys solve that problem.
Elements of Style: Designing a Home & a Life
Another classic design book. I'm pretty sure most people just buy it for the pretty black and white striped spine, lol.
Luxury Marble and Wood Coasters
This is a pretty and practical addition. Perfect way to add colour and texture in a living room or office shelf.
Matte Black Candle Holders for Taper Candles
Candles in sets of three always look good. I have a set of three on the edge of my desk shelves, and I'm always looking for more modern candlesticks to do the same thing again.
Classic. You can't go wrong with a tall black vase. Add as much height as you need with stems and greenery to balance out your space.
Rectangular Striped Wooden Boxes
If you like a striped pattern, then these glossy boxes are exactly what you need!
Hammered Gold Metal Bowl
I absolutely love the texture and shine on these bowls. Bowls are one of my favourite ways to add depth to a space, and you don't even have to put anything in them!
Triangular Marble Bookends
Bookends are another great shelf decor piece! These triangular ones are pretty, sleek and modern.
Homebody by Joanna Gaines
Anyone would enjoy having this book on their shelves! It's pretty as decor and it's a great read. As long as you don't mind people constantly pulling it down to read it... lol.
I love the idea of giving this statue to someone as an anniversary gift. It's a beautiful statue that will add all kinds of visual interest to your shelves.
Black Picture Frames
Finally, if you don't already have a few black frames. I have some that I ordered in bulk like this once so that I can switch out my artwork in different seasons. Sometimes I use a mat, sometimes I don't. Sometimes I rest it on the shelf horizontally, and sometimes vertically. Frames are so versatile!
Speaking of shelves, check out my favourite IKEA hack – DIY Floating Shelves!