• Mansa Krishnamurthy

Easy Breezy Modern Minimalist Shelf Styling For The Summer Months

Hello friends! Welcome back to another round of Seasonal Simplicity Summer Series! I'm joining several of my blogger friends who are sharing unique summer mantle or vignette decorating ideas - so if you are new here - welcome! And if you are a frequent visitor, so glad to have you come by. Thank you for visiting today!

If you remember back to last fall, I made over my two story great room for the One Room Challenge and added these great built in shelves. You can see the room reveal here. Since adding these shelves I've really enjoyed styling them for each and every season! Today I'll be sharing some tips that help me style these shelves in a modern and minimalist way for the summer months.

The warmer months for me are a time to pare down and style my home in a casual way. I keep my decor airy and bright and opt for light and reflective accents when styling.

Tip 1: Keep It Simple

Keeping with the pared down theme for the summer, I always de-clutter my shelves and only showcase a few pieces. This gives my eyes a break and really makes things light and airy. Items that I always keep on my shelves are sentimental things such as family photographs, heirlooms or those that remind me of fond memories.

Tip 2: Keep It Consistent

Repeating similar decor items on the shelves is a nice way to keep the look of your shelves consistent. For example, cluster a group of vases together and opt for similar styles of photo frames and alternate the sizes. This will keep your shelves streamlined and will be visually appealing.

Tip 3: Stick To A Color Scheme

Floral stems are a great way to add visual interest to your shelves. I use them year round and alternate them depending on the season. In the summer, I typically opt for pops of white with some greenery to keep things neutral and fresh. No matter your choice of floral stem, choosing to use the same colors consistently on all of your shelves will allow your shelves to appear cohesive. The same goes for the color of your vases. Multiple colors of vases and flowers will make your shelves appear "busy" and may be visually overwhelming.

Tip 4: Mix and Match

The best styled shelves incorporate items of varying heights. Just like when styling a table, combing items of various shapes and sizes adds visual interest. Don't be afraid to use pedestals, books or stands to elevate the decor items on your shelves. It's a great way to add that extra oomph!

Tip 5: Add A Pop Of Fun!

Just because things are simplified for the summer doesn't mean they have to be boring! This year, I opted to use these pretty terrariums as vases and I am loving the look! These terrariums are from Lights.com and come with battery operated fairy lights inside. They work for all the seasons (especially for the holidays!) and can be used indoors and out. Lights.com has a ton of decor options at extremely affordable prices. If you are interested, they are offering a special discount code for the readers of my blog - use MANSA20 at checkout for 20% off your entire order.

Here's a more detailed look at my great room shelves.

If you loved these tips and use them to style the shelves in your own home, I would love to hear from you! Leave me a comment below, tag me in your instagram post using #thisissimplicite or email me! If you would like to refer back to this post, feel free to pin the image below! Happy decorating!


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