How to Create & Style Shelves on a Budget

When it comes to home decor, it's easy to get carried away with expensive accessories and furnishings. However, styling your shelves on a budget doesn't mean sacrificing style and creativity. 

With a little bit of imagination and resourcefulness, you can create beautiful and unique shelves without breaking the bank.  In this list, we will share 10 tips to help you create beautiful farmhouse-style shelves on a budget and add some charm to your living space.

Here are 10 Shelf Styling Tips: 

1. START WITH A BLANK SLATE Clear your shelves of everything, and start fresh. This will help you see the space in a new way and avoid clutter.

2. choose a color scheme Decide on a color palette for your shelves. This will help you create a cohesive look and tie everything together.

3. VARY HEIGHTS Use items of varying heights to create visual interest. This will keep the eye moving and make your shelves more engaging.


4. MIX TEXTURES Add items with different textures to your shelves, such as wood, metal, and glass. This will create depth and dimension.

5. add plants Adding plants to your shelves is a great way to bring life and vibrancy to the space.

6. USE BOOKS Books are great for adding height and creating a layered look. They also add a personal touch to your shelves.

7. DON'T BE AFRAID OF NEGATIVE SPACE Leave some empty space on your shelves to create a sense of balance and allow your eye to rest.

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8. create groupings Group items together in threes or fives to create a sense of harmony and balance.

9. ADD PERSONAL TOUCHES Incorporate items that have personal meaning to you, such as family photos or souvenirs from trips.

10. cHANGE IT UP Don't be afraid to switch up your shelf decor from time to time. This will keep your space feeling fresh and new.


Build Your Own Shelves

Building your own shelves can be a great budget-friendly option for adding storage and style to your home. By using inexpensive materials such as common lumber, DIY shelf brackets, and screws, you can create custom shelves that fit your space perfectly.

Tip #1

Resources to help you create the perfect open shelving

Shop from Home  & Thrift Score

First look around your home for items you can repurpose and display on your shelves, such as vases, picture frames, and decorative bowls. Then fill in with thrifted goodies. 

Tip #2

DIY Decor & Printable Art

Consider making your own decor items, such as painted mason jars or handmade wall art. Using free or low-cost printable art that you can use to decorate your shelves is a great budget-friendly way to decorate shelves

Tip #3

Free Resources for Printable Art & DIY Decor

Add Greenery

A few inexpensive plants or succulents can add life and color to your shelves.

Tip #4

Use Baskets & Boxes

Baskets and boxes are an affordable way to add storage to your shelves, while also adding texture and interest.

Tip #5

Ideas for Decorating with Baskets & Other Decor

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