If I have one super power, it’s making visual-pleasing arrangements. I can turn a crowded bookcase or messy desk into something beautiful … too bad this isn’t a super desired super power. But it should be!! Because making your crap look nice is amazing.
The first arrangement to tackle is bookshelves. Bookshelves can look really boring if you let them, uniform, and uninteresting. There are two keys to styling these shelves. The first is using your books imaginatively. Turn them sideways, stack them, display them for the beautiful things that they are. The second is using more than books. Using interesting knick knacks, of varying height, and size, draws visual interest into an area that is occupied by uniform shapes. Using framed art and photographs takes up space and allows you to show off your personality.
These shelves demonstrate a great before and after. It also reminds not to clutter too much and to leave some negative space.
The next thing to tackle is tables against a wall, like bedside tables or entry way tables. This sketch gives great advice for styling these types of areas! Though you don’t have to follow it exactly, the important thing to take away from it is to use a variety of objects with a variety of heights and dimensions.
via Rooms Interior Design
This bedside table does a great job at being visually appealing and useful. It combines personal objects, like pictures, utilitarian objects, like the lamp and tissues, and beautiful objects, like the flowers.
The last place where arrangements can really make a difference is coffee tables (and be warned, I can talk about this for ages). Like the previous two arrangements, the key is variety to make your coffee table appealing. This coffee table uses the “four corners” method to use a plethora of objects, all while feeling cohesive.
Trays are another way to corral small objects, reduce the risk of mess. They lend an innate sense of organization to your space.
This coffee table utilizes perhaps my favorite thing that coffee tables bring about – coffee table books! I’m literally obsessed. Having some coffee table books gives an opportunity to layer, use different colors, and be surrounded by beauty.
This guide, found at Elements of Style here, lists some of the best coffee table books in the biz. I completely trust their recommendations because – confession – I have 8 of these. Happy arranging!