How to Decorate Shelves with Yellow for a Spring Look

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Add a fresh, new look for your living room shelves with these tips for how to decorate shelves with yellow!

I’ve spent the past few weeks staring at my living room walls while recovering from surgery.  I’m delighted that enough time has passed to be feeling better and actually able to do a few things! 

I thoroughly enjoyed feeling good enough to freshen up the decorations for Spring.

I put away the dark, faux Winter florals and twinkle lights, and pulled out some bright and cheery decorative things for Spring.

How to Decorate Shelves with Yellow

One of my favorite places to decorate for each season is the Billy Bookcase unit we have in our small living room. We bought the components separately, but put them all together to look like a built in bookcase with crown moulding.

In the past, I’ve decorated them to look like an inspiration photo of a West Elm bookcase and wrote the steps for how to style a bookcase for a farmhouse look.

This time, I set out to decorate them to be bright and cheery with a pop of one of my favorite colors – yellow!

Here are some tips I use when I’m decorating shelves.

1. Empty everything out and start with a clean slate.

Before I begin, I take everything off all the shelves and use the opportunity to dust them well! This gives a totally fresh start for a new design and look.

2. Start at the top and work down.

This time, I wanted the top shelves to feel “light” with the heavier looking items near the bottom. So, a tall and short pitcher worked perfectly for this side.

3. Stagger repetitive objects/ colors from shelf to shelf.

Learning this shelf styling trick made everything so much easier for me! It’s a bit hard to explain, but really the concept is simple. 

Look at the above picture and observe all the yellow items. See how they are located in a way that moves in a diagonal pattern down the shelf?

The green items do the same thing.

Do you see it?

That trick makes the shelf arrangement seem orderly and co-hesive without being overly busy.

4. Leave space in between objects.

I guess this is a personal opinion, but I like the shelves not to feel overly crowded or busy. So, I leave lots of space between the items. It gives our eyes a chance to “breathe” when we look at it.

4. Group items in odd numbers 

Of course there is always exceptions to this rule, but I tend to like to group items together in groups of 1 or 3.  I read somewhere that that is just easier on our eyes, and I agree!

5. Add in green and black.

I wanted these shelves to have yellow as the pop of color, but the other main color I used was white. Using white and yellow alone, though, looked a bit bland.

Adding in greenery with a few splashes of black provided nice contrast and life to the overall look.

5. Use what you already have to put together a brand new look!

I just love re-using what I already own to put together a new look for a new season. I incorporated the “hello Spring” free printable sign I made a few years ago. (You can get your own free printable Spring art here.)

I also look in my kitchen cupboards for bowls, pitchers, tea cups – and lemons! – to add to the mix.

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I’ve collected these items over time and can’t find exact matches to objects online. However, I’ve put together a list of similar items below. (disclosure: they are affiliate links.)

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3 Comments

  1. I love the yellow—so cheerful! Pops definitely add interest to rooms. Books would clutter your clean look — put them on a table instead. Thanks for the inspiration!

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