The best sculptures and ornaments for shelf styling and decor

Styling your shelves is one of the quickest and easiest ways to decorate a room. If a wall in a room is dominated by a book case or built-in shelving, then it’s important to keep those shelves looking styled and organised.

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The general rule is ‘less is more’. A fail-proof formula is to combine horizontal objects – such as a tray or stack of books – with vertical objects like vases, a lamp, a picture frame, sculpture or candlesticks, and then tie the look together with a few decorative accessories and ornaments to give character to the space.

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To create dimension it’s important to draw the eye along different heights and depths – so mixing up tall items with smaller items, and vertical items with horizontal items.


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Since my first shelfie, I have been steadily adding to my collection of objects. They are the things that I inexplicably love, from one-off sculptures to quirky items from my travels and the things I simply can’t leave behind in a shop. They’re dotted around on different surfaces, but most of them are used as accent pieces on my shelves.


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The first thing everyone gravitates towards when shelf styling is the obvious; books. But while books make great anchors and fillers, there are so many more fun things to add to a built-in aside from reading material!

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Use sculptures, trays, picture frames, and large display objects like decorative ships, (faux) coral, plants or driftwood to fill negative space and provide a backdrop for smaller items like decorative spheres and unusual ornaments.

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Remember to keep balance in mind when styling each section of the shelf – always ask yourself if one side feels heavier than another. If your answer is yes, move some of the “heavier” objects around and use books for additional weight and balance.

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When styling or hunting for items, keep in mind you’ll want to mix a variety of materials: wood, brass, marble, ceramics, whatever you’re drawn to!


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Different surfaces and shapes will achieve depth for a curated look.


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Don’t be afraid to experiment, mix, match and move things around to your heart’s content. The best part? Nothing is permanent!

Here are a few ideas to get you started…

Large sculptures

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Large objects

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Decorative accessories, ornaments and details

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