When we built our room addition I wanted white enclosed built-ins. We have them in the office and I wanted to move those into the new addition. My hubby wasn’t thrilled with the idea. He would have come around if I had a pushed, but I started looking for alternatives instead.
I finally decided on ladder shelves with drawers at the bottom. We spent an entire Sunday putting all four of them together. They are a perfect compromise for built-ins, they add extra storage, and they make the tv wall quite a focal point! They came in white and wood tone and as much as I would have loved the white I knew they would have been a cleaning nightmare so I ended up getting them in the wood tone.
I love how the grey of the wall shows through (it would have been a shame to cover up all of that hard work I did) and instead of using the handles that came with them, I used some vintage drawer pulls I had picked up on one of my junking adventures (I knew they would come in handy some day). Then came the fun part…styling my new built-ins!
Do you struggle with styling your built-ins? Well, I am here to help you with the easy process I use when styling mine…it really is quite easy!!
Any time I restyle these built-ins, I start with a clean slate. I take everything off, dust them, and gather the items I want to put on them. There a couple of things that stay put no matter what. Our video camera monitor and to balance that out, an old antique mantle clock (the only time it has worked in the last 15 years is when I moved it to clean, it was a little spooky)
Then of course I add in some books. I could cover them all in matching paper, but I kind of like the little pop of color on the edges of the covers. I chose to display there with the pages out to add some texture to my vignettes. After that is all about balance and layering.
When deciding what to display, I choose things that I love and for the most part I use the “less is more” rule.
You may choose to stick to a theme of items and if you do make sure to display them in odd numbered sets, this make it easier to stagger them in your vignettes. I really have no theme, but I still display my items in odd numbered sets.
My style is an eclectic mix of metals, woods, and ceramics. I start in the middle of each shelf and work my way out to each end to place my items into the space.
Balancing your vignettes on each shelf, as well as the entire built-in as a unit, makes it easy for the eye to take it all in. I work in opposites to achieve balance, mirroring my items on opposite shelves in size and placement. Layer larger items to the back of your shelves and smaller items to the front. Using the books to give height to smaller items is a great way to add visual interest.
That is really all there is to styling your built-ins like a boss!
Start with a clean slate
Choose things you love
Display items in odd numbered sets
Balance your vignettes to make them pleasing to the eye
Layer your items to create texture and movement
I yearn for Farmhouse Style in my home. I pin numerous farmhouse pins to Pinterest of white painted furniture and vintage decor, yet I keep coming back to wood tones. I have decided my style is Traditional Vintage Industrial. I think my built-ins reflect that, don’t you?
Now go style your built-ins like a boss and let me know how it turns out!!
P.S. I have just given you a sneak peak of my fall decorating and I will be joining a group of wonderful bloggers on September 21st to bring you our Fall Home Tour! Mark your calendars so you don’t miss it!!!