#Shelfies are the new #selfies, right? They’re a way to express your personality in one small snap. Just like playful hairstyles and experimental makeup, you can continually switch them up depending on your mood. And just like the selfie, perfecting them ain’t easy! In fact, building your library of books and compiling a collection of curated items requires a lot of patience. But no matter where you are in your shelfie game, remember these three rules and you’ll have a perfectly styled bookshelf every time.


Here are three tips to getting it right:

#1: Horizontal x Vertical Books. Shelves should start with books, but mix up the way you display them. Try piling them horizontally or flipping the spines to face inward as well as keeping some standing vertical.

#2: Remember the 1:1 Ratio. For every stack of books, add an object. It could be anything: a candle, brass box, pretty collection of rocks, that awesome “thing” you couldn’t not buy at last month’s flea market. This is the best way to break up the ‘boxy library look’.

#3: Create Curated Character. The more your personality shows in your shelfie, the better! Add black and white photos of your grandparents as strapping, young lads. Display your vintage toy car collection. How about that piece of drift wood you picked up in Tulum? The quirky things that make you you, give your shelfie just as much character!


And here are 12 no-fail objects that’ll elevate your shelfie game in no time! Seriously, every shelfie should have these on display:



> 1. Brass Sculpture
> 2. Coexist Globe
> 3. Na Nin Candle Landslide
> 4. Saal Wood Pyramids
> 5. Brass Planter
> 6. Menu Concrete Lamp
> 7. Petrified Wood Bookends 
> 8. Collection of Parchment Books 
> 9. Saikai Pound Door Stopper 
> 10. Black Footed Ceramic Bowl
> 11. Small Gold Bowl
> 12. Antique Brass + Glass Boxes

For more stellar styling inspiration, you’ll want to peruse this Pinterest board!

image 1 via Apartment Therapy // 2 via Smitten Studio // 3 via My Domaine // 4 via Home Adore // 5 via Broste Copenhagen // 6 via My Dubio // 7 via Lonny // 8 via Style Me Pretty 

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  1. I love this post! Your shelfie game is on point!! 😉 I need to work on mine, and you have given me some good inspiration to do so!