Everything You Need To Style The Perfect Shelfie

The perfect shelfie is easier than you might think. It’s a magical combination of books, decorative objects and living elements. You want to add highs and lows and bring in a little texture when possible. Your living room or bedroom shelves are different than your open kitchen shelves, but the formula is still fairly similar. If you need some guidance on styling the perfect shelfie, these perfect décor finds will point you in the right direction.

Potted Plants

Living elements make all the difference when styling the perfect shelfie. That pop of green and element of growth helps bring a whole different vibe to any space in your home.


Funky Candles

There are so many delicious-smelling candles out there, but for shelfies, I prefer to style the candles that are just too cool-looking to burn. They’re basically an inexpensive piece of art.


Matchstick Holder

Miscellaneous ceramics play an important role in shelfie décor. This matchstick holder makes a pretty, yet practical décor option.


Hand Bowl

A decorative bowl that doubles as a piece of art, we especially love this unique piece with a few lemons or oranges for a pop of color.

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Natural Stone on Stand

Play with highs and lows with these beautiful stones on brass stands.


Vintage Books

Random sets of vintage books are a key element for styling the perfect shelfie. You can find pre-bundled sets on Etsy in pretty much any color or style your heart desires.


Candle Holders

Add some ambience and a pop of color with pretty glass candle holders in your favorite hues.


Magnetic Horseshoe

If you really want to have the perfect shelfie, you need a bit of whimsy included in your décor. These magnetic horseshoes are just the ticket.


Peg Dolls

Hand-painted peg dolls are a super fun way to bring some personality to your shelfie. You can find pretty much any literary character or musical icon you love on Etsy. Or, you can have a custom one created for your family!


Art Books

Some books are just meant to be put on display. Your favorite art or photography books serve as décor as well as reading material.

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Memo Holder

This brass memo holder is functional, yet eye-catching.


Wooden Rainbow

Add a splash of color with a handmade wooden rainbow that sits perfectly on your shelf.


Pampas Grass

Dried pampas grass was made for styling your shelves. You can find dried or faux bundles in a variety of colors on Etsy.



If you’re going to have potted plants, you need a stylish planter. I love these stacking versions that come in both terracotta and white.



Bookends are not only crucial to the functionality of styling the perfect shelfie, but also the aesthetics. It’s a perfect way to bring in your personal style, whether it’s quirky, modern, rustic or glam.


Bud Vases

Incorporate your favorite color scheme with a set of bud vases, which just so happen to also be perfect for holding your pampas grass.


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Featured image via our home tour with Jessalynn Forde.

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Author: Samantha Welker

Samantha Welker is the business manager at Glitter Guide. She has an Master's in Corporate Finance & Sustainability from Harvard Business School but prefers working in the creative industry. She also hosts a weekly business podcast for creative women called Pretty Okay Podcast. She loves spending time with her husband and her son, Rocky, in sunny San Diego. Follow along on Instagram