• Mansa Krishnamurthy

Modern Minimalist Shelf Styling For The Fall Months

Hello friends! Welcome back to another round of Seasonal Simplicity Fall Series! I'm joining several of my blogger friends who are sharing unique Fall 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 me today! All the gorgeous decorating ideas are tagged at the very bottom of this post, so be sure to scroll down!



If you remember back to last fall, I made over my two story great room for the One Room Challenge and added these wonderful built in shelves. You can see the room reveal here. I've really enjoyed styling these built ins for each and every season, and since Fall decorating is one of my favorites, I couldn't pass on the chance to decorate them for the season! Today I'll be sharing some tips that help me style these shelves in a modern and minimalist way for the Fall months.




Tip 1: Keep It Simple


Perhaps it's COVID19, or just the way I am feeling this year - usually I am ready to deck my home out for the Fall months and this trend continues on until the holidays. This year, I am still craving simplicity and am erring on the side of less is more when decorating. I've decided to keep my shelves simple this year and only showcase a few pieces. Alternating my shelves with one statement piece followed by a shelf decorated minimally, allows the larger decorated pieces to stand out. As always, items that are sentimental things such as family photographs or heirlooms remain on the shelves all year long.




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 candlesticks together or opt for similar styles of photo frames and alternate the sizes. Using wood tones to warm up the look for Fall and the holidays is also a great idea, so use an assortment of wood vases, bowls or trays on your shelves for a warm but cohesive look. This will keep your shelves streamlined and 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 Fall, I typically opt for plums, pinks and berries with some greenery to keep things bright but still consistent with Fall decor. When picking out stems for Fall decorating, think about the colors you see on the bushes or trees around you. Burnt orange tones, mustard yellows, deeper blues, dried greens and plums are all great color choices. And don't be afraid to mix various colors together for a stand out Fall statement piece.






Tip 4: Mix and Match


The best styled shelves incorporate items of varying heights. Just like when styling a table, combining items of various shapes and sizes keeps things visually interesting. Don't be afraid to use pedestals, books or cake stands to elevate the decor items on your shelves. Another great tip is to shop your home. For my fall shelf styling, I borrowed small wooden trays from my kitchen! I hope this inspires you to get creative and think outside of the box when styling.




Tip 5: Add A Pop Of Fun!


Just because things are simplified this year, doesn't mean they have to be boring! This year, I hung a DIY lunaria wreath off my shelves for a bit of whimsy. This wreath matches the larger arrangement on the top shelf and definitely adds oomph to this side of my fireplace. So don't be afraid to experiment or try a new styling technique. For those of you who missed this wreath post last week, I have linked it here.



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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