​Shelve It: Top 5 Tips for Choosing Shelving

​Shelve It: Top 5 Tips for Choosing Shelving

Posted by Jenny F on 9th Sep 2017

I have a confession to make. I am obsessed by homewares! From colourful vases and decorative sculptures to photo frames and scented candles, I cannot resist purchasing the latest décor and accessories to add to my interiors. And what better way to showcase these beautiful homewares than on shelves.

Shelves are not only functional but are versatile as they can be added to even the most unusable and oddly shaped areas of your home or office. Choosing the right type of shelving for your interior can also add artistic flair to your personal space, creating bespoke focal points in any room.

Whether free standing or fixed, shelves help you declutter your space and organise your life (and we could all do with a little spring clean). Here are our Top 5 Tips to help you decide which type of shelving is best for you:


Shelving systems come in all shapes, from square to rectangular and even honeycomb. Choosing the right shape depends on the space you have to work with as well as your personal preference. Consider purchasing a few shelving units and say goodbye to cookie-cutter shelving systems by creating your own unique shape, guaranteed to be just as impressive as the décor you display.


The size of your shelves or shelf unit system depends on where it will be placed. Think compact shelving for small spaces; think library floor-to-ceiling shelving for large spaces needing to be filled. Free-floating shelves are a great way to create more floor space for furniture items while still allowing you to showcase collectables. As these shelving units float off the floor, they don’t take up much room, which creates a sense of space.

Adjustable Shelving

Have you ever had fixed shelves that are just that little bit too low to fit desired items? As many of us home décor enthusiasts can attest, this is very frustrating. Thankfully, many modern shelving systems come with adjustable shelves, allowing you the flexibility to decide the heights. Not only versatile, adjustable shelving allows you to create mismatched, abstract looks.


There are many factors influencing shelving colour. Adding brightly coloured shelving like yellow to a dark room gives the illusion of light. Neutral colours help make smaller spaces feel bigger while darker shades can make large interiors feel cosier. Your interior design aims will also influence colour decisions. Are you going for coastal charm, Scandinavian minimalism or Boho-chic?


Shelving systems come in an array of materials such as wood, glass, steel and even plastic. The choice depends on the look you want to achieve, the colour you desire and of course your individual budget.

Not only are shelves functional, they add aesthetic design to your personal space while helping you organise any room in your home or office. Once you decide the space you have to work with and their intended function, you can choose shelves best suited to your interior and start making the most of your new shelving system. Whether you prefer displaying items by shape, size or colour, or whether you love to create a contrasting design by mismatching collectables, shelves are the ideal space for you to showcase your personality and preferred interior style. The added benefit is that they help de-clutter our interiors and provide a space for our much-loved items.