Top tips on styling shelves

COMPILED BY MARY JANE HARRIS AND JO TRAPPITT PHOTOGRAPHS CHRISTOPH HOFFMANN AND HENRIQUE WILDING

Bored with your living room or kitchen? If you’ve got an hour or two to spare, why not use the time to turn your shelves into a fabulous focal point?

Jonathan Avnon of Joseph Avnon Interiors has this advice:

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  • For a well-thought-out display, stick to a particular palette, whether it’s neutral tones of white and grey or complementary colours like baby blue and pastel pink.
  • Remember the principle of ones, twos and threes. Always have at least one personal item on display; a framed photo or your child’s artwork for example. Have at least two bursts of greenery, as this really helps to bring life to a shelf. Include a set of three items (see above), whether it’s three vases or three ceramic pots. A grouping of identical objects makes for a well-balanced arrangement.
Jo'burg designer Leigh Finck placed books horizontally and vertically to create a vibrant patterned effect at the end of a passage.

Jo’burg designer Leigh Finck placed books horizontally and vertically to create a vibrant patterned effect at the end of a passage.

• Begin with the end in mind. Even if it’s just a rough idea, visualise what you want to put on the shelves before you go shopping. Knowing beforehand that you want boxes for storage, vases for fresh flowers and a couple of quirky items will make the selection process much easier. And you may find that you already have a number of suitable accessories.

Painted in different colours with timber accents, these wall-mounted units become a focal point and are ideal for displaying ornaments and pictures.

Painted in different colours with timber accents, these wall-mounted units become a focal point and are ideal for displaying ornaments and pictures.

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