When we think of seasonal decorating, we often think of over-the-top florals and elaborate table settings. But what about our shelves?
Whether you prefer the extravagant look for your room or a more subdued approach to seasonal decorating, shelves are a great way to tuck in elements of fall.
Juxtaposition: A contemporary traditional shelfie
In the world of autumnal shelves, the first look we're exploring is a delightful fusion of modernity and tradition, primarily centered around a captivating color palette of brown and white. Brown, known for its earthy and grounding essence, takes the lead, while a soft white provides a crisp and elegant backdrop to the design.
What really steals the show in this setup are the vases that introduce a dash of contemporary flair. The vases are riding the wave of a checkerboard moment that's been making waves in the design world.
A clever touch is the inclusion of fabric covered books, echoing the color scheme and aiding in the seamless integration of textiles throughout the space. However, my true favorite piece in the larger composition is the pastoral vase adorned with a quail motif. This piece masterfully combines traditional charm with contemporary aesthetics, resulting in a juxtaposition that sparks conversation.
What makes this shelfie particularly intriguing is how it demonstrates the power of seasonal decor. It's a fantastic way to dip your toes into a new design aesthetic without making a full commitment. With just a few carefully chosen pieces, you can transform your living space and see if the style resonates with you.
A touch of Provence: Rustic charm on every shelf
In this next autumnal shelfie, a French-country-inspired bookcase takes center stage, offering a picturesque canvas for seasonal delights. Shelf after shelf is adorned with charming turkeys, plump pumpkins and carefully crafted floral arrangements. A piece of serveware graces one of the shelves, while a rustic leather trunk anchors the ensemble.
My favorite aspect of the design is the rectangular folksy serving piece. I nearly scooped one up for my own home before they made it onto the shop floor, originally intended for one of my walls, though it does look equally as lovely here. It serves as a wonderful reminder that such pieces can transcend their functional origins and become striking display elements.
To enhance visual continuity and flow, dried hydrangeas were thoughtfully tucked into various corners of the bookcase. The final result is a set of shelves that masterfully plays with scale, resulting in an eye-catching autumnal display.
Resplendent repetition: Styling with minimal motifs
In the enchanting entryway to the shop, autumn comes alive with a display that beckons the season like no other. Here, the shelves are transformed into a captivating harvest of pumpkins, ranging in shapes, sizes and textures. Repetition becomes a powerful design element, demonstrating that a grand visual impact can be achieved with just a few styles of items when they are generously represented. The assortment includes a delightful variety of pumpkins, creating a playful yet sophisticated seasonal theme that gracefully transitions from fall to Thanksgiving.
Texture takes center stage here, and the rhythmic repetition of the pumpkin motif proves to be an impactful design strategy. The color palette harmonizes with deep autumnal shades of browns and oranges, accented by the cheerful presence of green gourds. The entryway shelves welcome visitors to step into a world where the essence of fall is exquisitely captured and warmly celebrated.
Kitchen shelfie: practical pieces,elevated design
In this shelfie, we're diving into the heart of the home, the kitchen.
It's a gentle reminder that you don't need to tuck away your everyday kitchenware. Whether it's open shelving or a carefully curated tray on your countertop, your practical items can double as decor. Here, the art of stacking and layering takes center stage. The earthy color palette provides a sense of continuity, blending seamlessly with the functional pieces. Texture plays a significant role, with the shelf's textured backdrop adding depth to the design. This look perfectly balances earthiness with an elevated touch, making the kitchen a warm and inviting space for the autumn season.
Where do you put your everyday decor when you swap out for more seasonal pieces? Take a spot that normally doesn't see a lot of seasonal rotation and make it a home for your favorite things. It's a great (free) way to freshen up a space even if you aren't transforming it into a seasonal oasis.
Whether you opt for a contemporary-meets-traditional blend, a French-country-inspired display or an entryway brimming with pumpkins, these inspired shelves offer creative avenues to express your personal style and embrace the beauty of fall.
Remember, even the simplest of changes can bring warmth to your home during this special time of year. So, go ahead, experiment and let your shelves tell the story of autumn's splendor. And don't forget to snap a shelfie and send it my way when you're finished!
Adapted from nellhills.com. Katie Laughridge is the owner of Kansas City interior design destination Nell Hill's. For more information, contact Katie at infonellhills.com.