The Easy Way To Decorate Your Office Shelves

Let's be honest, these shelves are totally and utterly decorative. We had this giant wall above the floating desk that I wanted to fill in, so naturally I made my husband build floating shelves above it, because shelves are MY LOVE LANGUAGE. I think these shelves add so much character to the space, and you can make them as functional or decorative as you want! Keep reading to see how I started and ending styling these shelves!

P.S. We have gotten new office chairs since these photos were taken. Bar stools definitely do not make comfortable office chairs, we just used them for the pictures.

 Also, if you want a tutorial of how to make either the floating desk or the floating shelves, go HERE to Mr. Buildit's website and search "floating desk" or "JUMBO floating shelves".

First, I added a calendar to fill in the space on the other side of the desktop. Since we only have one desktop computer and one laptop, the other side of the desk needed something to balance everything out. If you have the same issue, get a giant calendar to fill in the space! They are inexpensive, functional, and totally cute! You can purchase a similar ones to mine BELOW:

Simple Desktop Calendar

Cursive Desktop Calendar

Wood Hanging Calendar

Dry Erase Calendar

Next I sporadically added decorative pieces throughout the shelves. I like to do this so the shelves don't start out looking too cluttered. I like to add smaller art frames, books with a decorative pieces on top, and of course plants and greenery. Just a little PSA: I find books at thrift stores that have really pretty colors underneath the covers and buy in bulk! They make beautiful decorative pieces and you don't have to break the bank to buy books that you use only as decor! I also added a little wooden calendar to the desk space that I found at Home Goods. You can never have too many calendars, right? You can purchase a similar small desk calendar HERE and HERE.

Next, I added more books, and some vases to the shelves and desk. Tall vases will get you everywhere. They fill in large gaps so well and there are SO many gorgeous vases out there, from Thrift Stores, to Target, to Home Goods, to World Market, to many other retailers! I find most of mine at Home Goods and Target because the prices are usually pretty affordable.

After I spread out a few decorative pieces on each shelf, I then like to go one shelf at a time and add fillers. This can be more books, plants, clocks, and random trinkets & decorative sculptures. I usually don't style one shelf at a time right away because I feel I usually have a harder time making the shelves look like a cohesive unit. If you spread out a couple of larger decor items throughout all of the shelves first, it's easier to go through and add the smaller items and finishing touches. I also like doing it this way to create rhythm and variety to the sizes of objects on the shelves. You don't want all of the decor to be the same height on the shelves.

Make sure everything looks balanced and even on the shelves. You don't want two large vases next to each other, or books in the exact same spot on two different shelves, or a couple of same sized plants next to one another. You want to create movement so that everything flows well together. 

Lastly, add the finishing touches to the shelves to make them look PERFECT. These are usually items like candles, miniature plants, and other smaller-scale items that create that finished look. Now, stand back and enjoy your perfectly styled shelves!

Like everyone else, I have a lot of go to decorative pieces when it comes to styling shelves. Here are some of my favorite items that I love to style with!

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All About Those Rugs

Rugs. We all want them and need them in our houses, but can never quite find the perfect ones. And by perfect ones, I means ones that we love but don't cost us our first born children. Rugs can get EXPENSIVE. Especially nice, quality ones. I've put together a roundup of some of my favorite neutral rugs that won't break the bank!

This rug is probably the most popular rug on the internet and social media right now. I have seen it in almost every Instagram account I follow. There's a reason it's so popular though; it's the perfect blend of gray and ivory, and the design is just enough to be different but not too overwhelming. Also, this rug isn't too plush, but enough to where it isn't just like a mat on the ground. Also, in the photos this rug looks pretty light, but the white in it is more of a tan-ish/ivory color, which is great if you have messy kiddos, like me! The best part about this rug, though? You can buy an 8x10 size for about $200! That's a steal of a deal if you ask me. 

Here is the link to it: Olga Gray Area Rug

P. S. If you're looking for something darker, here is the same rug but in a darker gray color: Dark Gray Area Rug

I love this rug, because it has fun geometric shapes, but the colors are still neutral enough that you can put it anywhere. I would probably put this rug under a dining table or as a bedroom accent rug. The 8x10 size is a little pricey, but the 5x7 and 4x6 sizes are definitely more reasonable! 

Check it out here: Madero Hand-Tufted Charcoal/Ivory Area Rug

If you are looking for a white rug, this is it. The color is so pretty and it has just the right amount of pattern in it to be fun and unique. I would put this in my house in a heartbeat if I didn't have children. The reviews are excellent and the 8x10 size is only $240 and the 5x7 is $130! 

P.S. Rugs USA always has sales going on, so I bet you could score this for even less!

Here is the link: Snowpeak Double Diamond Lattice Shag Rug

Here another rug that is just as pretty: Apex Moroccan High-Low Texture Striped Rug

This is another Bohemian style that I just love! I think this pattern adds so much character to a room, and I bet it can also cover up a lot of crumbs and things! The material seems thin, but I think a rug pad would help to add some needed softness if you have hardwood or tile in your space. Because this rug is thinner, I think it would look great in a bedroom!

Find it here: Old Town Hand Woven Gray Area Rug

If you're looking for a simple, solid gray rug, this one is beautiful! I love the cozy knit look, and gray is a staple color for rugs. The only thing I would worry about with this one is children and pets pulling the weaves out.  I think I would put this rug under a bed to soften a room and make it look cozier.

Get it here: Touchstone Woolen Cable Hand-Woven Gray Area Rug

For those of you looking for something with a little more color, this is it. I absolutely love the colors and designs in this rug. It's just the right mix of modern and boho, and works as a perfect accent if you have a lot of gray or brown furniture. The 8x10 in this is a little expensive, but the 5x8 and the 2x7 are totally reasonable! I think this rug would be so awesome as a runner!

Check out this beauty here: Colca Wool Rug

This gray rug is perfect if you're looking for something that is not too light! With small kiddos, these are the kinds of rugs I gravitate towards because white or off-white ones would last all of 2.3 seconds. This is another one that is priced pretty decently, especially for such a large size! 

Here is the link for this one: Rundell Gray Area Rug

If you're looking for something a little darker, I would recommend this charcoal rug. It's a dark gray instead of a black, so you won't be able to see as much white lint on it and other things. The design on this rug is also fun!

Check it out here: Laflin Charcoal Rug

This is another tribal print rug, that has the prettiest neutrals, that can complement really any couch! The 5x7 is on sale, and it looks like it's already running out of stock, so hurry and get it if you like it! 

Link here: Zita Beige Area Rug

And last but not least, I love gray rug because of its classy simplicity and soft color. It can sometimes be kind of hard to find that perfect light gray rug, and I think this one looks like the perfect soft gray, without being too cold. 

You can find it here: Nico Classic Gray Solid Area Rug

That's it for my rug roundup! I hope you enjoyed looking at some of these, especially if you are on the hunt for that perfect rug! 

Let me know if there is anything else you guys would love to see me post about, or if there is something in particular that you are interested in! Thanks!