Have you ever looked at a photo of a well designed room and noticed how beautifully the bookshelves are styled? Well, we can tell you there is definitely an ART to getting it right. Here’s a few tips you can use to help make the most of your display shelves.
First, start by removing everything from the shelves. Now, do I need to say it?- get the duster out and gather up all those bunnies. Ideally you want to curate a collection of books, artwork and decorative objects- things that you love or things that have meaning in your life, whether its from your travels, interests or hobbies. That’s really the key to creating visually interesting shelves.
Second, edit your existing collection of items and decide which ones you want to keep, discard, or donate. Group your items by colour and by type, so you can see what you have to work with and whether you might need to take a quick trip to House Warmings to pick out a few new ones! (shameless plug, I know!)
Third, start with placing your books. Try stacking them both horizontally and vertically, spines facing out, and mix the colours of the spines so the light and dark colours are evenly distributed. Balance the placement of the books throughout all of the shelves. Next, add in some framed artwork or even photo frames. These can be layered over each other leaning at the back of the shelf, or propped up using easel backs. You can place photo frames on top of a horizontal stack of books if the proportion looks right. Hanging artwork right on the front frame of the bookshelf is another unique way to display your artwork.
Finally, bring in your decorative objects. These can be anything from sculptures, to vases, bowls, boxes, small plants, etc. Organic materials like rocks, seashells, or plants always add a natural, textural element to the mix of items. When placing these objects, keep in mind the colours, textures, and sizes of each so you are able to create a good balance throughout the shelves. Odd number groupings are visually more appealing or single objects. I prefer one or two colours throughout for a serene look but that’s the neutral girl in me who’s afraid of too much colour. Feel free to mix in different metal finishes but keep it to two finishes. Also, leave some breathing room on the shelves. You don’t want to overcrowd them- a little empty space can be a good thing.
Take a picture of the shelves (yes, a shelfie!) once you’ve completed them. You can often see things that aren’t quite right in a photo versus staring directly at your masterpiece. It’s fun to change your shelves around seasonally, to freshen up the space and add in objects that are appropriate for each season. Be creative and remember it doesn’t have to be perfect- it’s a reflection of your style!
How are you doing today? We are very excited to tell you about the recent changes around here. For those of you who aren’t aware, we closed our downtown store on Lakeshore Road in January. While it was not an easy decision, we knew that we needed to focus on our core furnishings business, and continue to evolve and expand those product lines for our loyal customers and clients. We also appreciate how much our customers enjoyed grabbing a coffee downtown and coming in to browse through the store to find that perfect accessory or gift. So we have brought many of those unique products over to our showroom at 550 Speers Road, Unit #3.
Now known as the Market area, a dedicated space at the back of the store, you will find beautiful displays of our most popular home accessories, as well as some new lines we have acquired. We try our best to source locally so almost all of our suppliers are Canadian. We still carry some of your favourites including the Rue de Marli bath and body products, the Illume scented candles, and the Cedar Mountain hanging wall blocks. The Signs of Life prints by artist Elizabeth Mcqueen are also here – did you know that each of these prints represent symbols that celebrate the subtle signs of life around us….the start of a journey.
Some of our new products include organic cotton bath linens from Vandyck, with gorgeous banding detail, and our own signature House Warmings scented candles, which smell like you’ve just walked into the spa. They are hand poured, clean burning 100% soy candles. And as a tribute to our Greek owners heritage, our new olive oils and sea salts from Greece are a gourmet delight and make a perfect hostess gift. You don’t want to miss these! On our home furnishings side, we have brought in some beautiful pillows, with fresh patterns and florals, a new line of colourful soft bed linens from Maspar, unique accessories including silver and wood trays, vases of all shapes and sizes, gorgeous abstract prints from Celadon, and some unique wall decor ideas. Cottage season is fast approaching so we’ve also added some fabulous lanterns, decorative wood fish (Hello Muskoka!), cozy throws and wicker storage baskets. And that’s only a small sampling of what’s here!
Lastly, we’d love to hear from you. We will be blogging on a regular basis now (gulp, did I just say that!) and we would like to know what topics you are interested in, or what products you would like to see in our showroom. In addition to new product lines, we will be talking about design trends, things we love, news and events in town, sharing recipes, and getting to know our talented Design team. We hope this blog will become a bookmark on your computer that you visit often. So grab a coffee and come in to see what we’re all excited about!
House Warmings is a family run business which has been in Oakville for twenty one years. We have a wonderful variety of furniture and home decor products, all selected to create a warm and inviting environment in your home.
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