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How to Style Built-Ins – 10 Tips

At Closet Envy, we build more than just closets. Built-Ins are becoming increasingly popular as an addition to any room: from Offices to living rooms, they are a versatile addition to your home! With us smack-dab in the middle of the Holiday’s, it’s a good reminder that you can alternate decor in your Built-In to create a theme for each season! Try these tips below today before guests arrive & make your Built-In an Enviable statement piece:

1. Start with a blank slate.

As with any decorating, it’s always best to start with a clean slate.

Place all of your accessory potentials in one spot so that they’re easily accessible and you can “shop” from them while you’re filling the bookshelves.

2. Add books.

If you have plenty of books (or even just a few) that’s a great place to start.

They can be upright, laid down, leaned, stacked, grouped, placed backward or forward, bundled, sorted by color, and with or without covers – so think outside the box (or book, in this case).

When styling bookshelves, vary the heights of accessories for a more interesting look
Urban Gold Bookcase from Schneidermans

{We love the way Steph from Schneidermans used accessories as “book ends” on the bottom shelf above, too. Creative!}

3. Layer, stack, and hang.

Layering and stacking items creates depth, dimension, and visual interest.

Hanging accessories, such as mirrors or art, can add even more depth and yet another layer.

Accessorizing bookshelves
Meagan Rae Interiors

4. Vary heights.

There are times when you’ll intentionally group “like” items on a shelf to make a statement (case in point, the bookshelf at the beginning of this post).

But, other than that scenario, you’ll always want to make sure you vary the heights of your accessories to keep the eye moving and keep things interesting.

5. Consider contrast.

Dark items can sometimes get lost against a dark background, as well as white against white, so keep that in mind when choosing your accessories.

Accessories can get lost against a dark background, so keep that in mind when styling bookshelves.

6. Make it meaningful.

Displaying collections, momentos, and photographs in your bookshelves is a great way to keep the things that mean the most to you visible on a daily basis.

7. Come up for air.

Really full shelves can be a “look” if done right, but don’t be afraid to leave breathing space between accessories and allow them to shine.

8. Rotate.

The image below is from BHG and I liked what they have to say on this topic:

… resist the urge to add “just one more” item. If you have a large collection, rotate objects in and out from time to time, rather than displaying everything all at once, to ensure the vignette strays from cluttered territory.”

"Look for objects that have commonalities, such as white finishes, to create a more unified display. And resist the urge to add "just one more" item. If you have a large collection, rotate objects in and out from time to time, rather than displaying everything all at once, to ensure the vignette strays from cluttered territory."

9. Think outside the shelf.

Do the unexpected by hanging art or a mirror on the outside of bookshelves.  This can be a great idea in rooms where wall space is limited, too.

"I like to put the pattern on the floor and solids on the furniture," Phoebe Howard says. Family room rug by Tai Ping.
House Beautiful

10. Smaller isn’t always better.

Resist the temptation to fill small shelves with tiny accessories. Use fewer, larger, well-placed items for a really great look.

Use fewer, larger items on small shelves to make a statement when styling bookshelves
SHOPbookcase/room divider

Styling shelves in your built-in  is a process, so continually step back and assess as you’re placing items.

Pro Tip: snap a photo or two on your phone to see things from a completely different perspective, and to quickly spot changes that need to be made.  This same idea can work when you’re styling bookshelves.

How to Organize Your Holiday Decorations

Are you loving your holiday decorations? Loving them so much that you wish you didn’t have to put them away? Or maybe it’s just the decoration disorganization that is getting you down. Here are our favorite tips for how to organize your holiday decorations. Put away the organization fear and fill up on holiday cheer!

Ornaments Galore

For most people ornaments are a mix of colorful decor and special memories. You want to take care of these special treasures. Divided ornament boxes are a great way to store those small remembrances on a hook.

Ask Anna has great tips for storing ornaments when you don’t have divided ornament boxes.

For large, glass ornaments I always save the boxes they come in to use for future storage purposes.  If it’s too late, and you’ve already thrown them out, you can  store them in apple containers.

For smaller, glass ornaments store them in egg cartons.  They are the perfect size and they are thick enough to protect ornaments.

Are you loving your holiday decorations? Loving them so much that you wish you didn't have to put them away? Or maybe it's just the decoration disorganization that is getting you down. Here are our favorite tips for how to organize your holiday decorations. Put away the organization fear and fill up on holiday cheer! #getorganized #happyholidays #holidaydecor

Have a few ornaments that are broken or simply aren’t your style any more? Santa won’t put you on the naughty list if you throw those balls and baubles away. It’s time to let go of decorations that don’t make you happy.

Wonderful Wreaths

Wreaths are quite festive and a lovely way to decorate your home for the holidays. However, wreaths can be bulky and difficult to store once you ring in the New Year.

Real Simple has a tip that would work wonderfully for your favorite wreaths. If you don’t have garment bags you could also use bags from the dry cleaner!

Save the zippered garment bags you get when you buy a new suit or dress, and use them to protect bulky decorations, suggests Hill. Then hang the bags in a closet or on a nail in your attic.

Are you loving your holiday decorations? Loving them so much that you wish you didn't have to put them away? Or maybe it's just the decoration disorganization that is getting you down. Here are our favorite tips for how to organize your holiday decorations. Put away the organization fear and fill up on holiday cheer! #getorganized #happyholidays #holidaydecor

Light it Up

There’s something special about the beautiful glow of holiday lights. You can appreciate it now, but a few weeks ago you may have been using a few expletives as you tried to untangle those ?#@*&! lights!

No one likes tangled strings of lights. Take Martha Stewart’s advice and be tangled no more.

Keep lights organized by winding each strand around a piece of cardboard cut to fit inside a plastic bin.

Are you loving your holiday decorations? Loving them so much that you wish you didn't have to put them away? Or maybe it's just the decoration disorganization that is getting you down. Here are our favorite tips for how to organize your holiday decorations. Put away the organization fear and fill up on holiday cheer! #getorganized #happyholidays #holidaydecor

Before you pack those lights away make sure each strand works. Throw away any light strands that are burnt out or broken.

Fabulous Displays

Clear plastic bins are a great way to store your favorite holiday decorations. The plastic keeps your favorite pieces free from dust and moisture. The clear sides allow you to see what is inside. If your bins are solid colors attach pictures of the decorations stored inside. That way next year you will know exactly what is stored where.

Do you have a display you adore and you don’t want to forget what went where? Better Homes & Gardens has these tips:

It’s important when storing decorations from a multiple-part display that you keep the parts together for easy reassembly next year. Wrap each component in bubble wrap (if it’s extremely delicate) or tissue paper (if it’s made from wood such as the letters) and store neatly in a box. If you used fresh pine or fir sprigs for a mantel display, make a note of that on the box so you’ll be able to recreate the same display year after year.

Are you loving your holiday decorations? Loving them so much that you wish you didn't have to put them away? Or maybe it's just the decoration disorganization that is getting you down. Here are our favorite tips for how to organize your holiday decorations. Put away the organization fear and fill up on holiday cheer! #getorganized #happyholidays #holidaydecor

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, it’s time to say good-bye to any decorations that don’t make you want to sing the Hallelujah Chorus. Do you find purging difficult to do? You can channel your inner Elsa from Frozen and sing, “Let it go…let it go!” as you toss those old decorations. It will help, we promise!

Don’t Envy the Organization

You don’t have to envy the organized diva you see on social media, or the neighborhood mom that has it all together. Closet Envy can help you become the organized person you’ve always dreamed of being! Schedule your free consultation and bring a bit more happy holiday cheer to your life this season.