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How to Decorate Your Living Room Shelves

By Tiffany Adams


Built-ins, as well as floating shelves and freestanding units, are a staple in many living rooms. While they are often used for storage or display, there's an art to combining your favorite decorative pieces to achieve a look that is unified, uncluttered, and pleasing to the eye. Gain inspiration for your shelving styling from these seven diverse designs.

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Living Room by Jacquelyn Armour

Monochromatic Mood

The soft, cream-hued palette of this room is one of its predominant—and most alluring—features. Thus, it's only natural that the decorative pieces in the built-ins would complement the hues. The creamy tan backing of the shelves allows crisp white, robust brown, and shiny silver sea-inspired artifacts to organically fill the space without detracting from the room's palette.

If you like this hue, see White Delights: 8 Ways to Use the Neutral Hue.

Living Room
by Jacquelyn Armour

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