The shelfhas made a comeback for a few years now, and in a big way. While growing up in the sixties and seventieswe had ugly bookcases crammed full of books and shelves full of objectscollected along the way.Now theyare back presented in a much more stylish fashion. The shelves themselves have funky shapes andamazing designs some covering a whole wall. They now show the owners lifestyleand demonstrate their styling skills which are then posted on Instagram for allto see.Theinterior designer Emilio Pimentel-Reid says, “A great shelfie is an alternativeself portrait and can be much more nuanced and reflective of your taste,interests and personality”.
This is true you can often see a person’s lifestyleand character from what is on show. I am a shelf addict. I am constantly changing objectsaround and changing my colour schemes with the seasons.
With maximalism takingover from minimalism this is even better for me and I don’t feel guilty addingmore to my collection, much to the annoyance of my husband.Shelveshave become an art form where items are telling a story of that person’s life.They have invested in shelving units with many posting their displays on socialmedia # Shelfie. Items have been strategically placed, vases grouped in three,no clutter and books lined up neatly. This year books are being reversed togive a new edge.
OnInstagram there are thousands of images showing people’s lifestyles frombotanical displays to jars of dried food, herbs and spices.In somekitchens minimalism has gone with wall cabinets disappearing and being replacedwith shelves with your best china on show.Addingshelving is a great way of bringing a new dimension to any space. It certainly gives a room character making ita feature wall. I also think the room looks more lived in rather than somelooking like a show home.You don’talways need to spend a lot of money filling your shelves.
Look around your house.Choose a colour scheme and group things together add a plant and a couple ofbooks and you have a display. It’s very therapeutic and fun to do.Instead ofkeeping all your collections in a cupboard, which I have done in the past, wecan at last put our treasured possessions on display and feel proud ofthem.
Some of my friends think my houselook cluttered and prefer the minimal look but I have a lot of precious itemsinherited along the way, and of interest, that I want to show off.