How To: Style Your Kitchen Shelves

"Home is where the heart is".  This quote is certainly true! After my husband and I moved into our new apartment over a month ago, I have been busy  making our rental feel like home.  The first thing I did was to put my touch on the kitchen with styling the shelving unit.  I wanted to make the shelves both functional and eye pleasing, and add decor that fit in well with the modern style kitchen.  

See my finished design below.  I am very pleased with how the shelves turned out and love how the colors fit in with the red and grey cabinets in the kitchen. 

Cake Stand with Lid-Ikea/Plants & Plant Pots-Ikea/Vase-Ikea/Creamer & Sugar Containers-Crate & Barrel/Coffee Mugs-similar Anthropologie/Teapot-similar Crate & Barrel

Cake Stand with Lid-Ikea/Plants & Plant Pots-Ikea/Vase-Ikea/Creamer & Sugar Containers-Crate & Barrel/Coffee Mugs-similar Anthropologie/Teapot-similar Crate & Barrel


Here are a few tips to use when styling your kitchen shelves:

Tip 1: Create a Color Theme 

To create an eye pleasing, "designer worthy" appearance, it is best to utilize only a few colors in the decor. I decided to incorporate 2 colors-white & black, and added a pop of color with the green. This color palette fit in well with the modern kitchen and it gave some contrast to the dark red shelving unit.

Tip 2: Incorporate Your Favorite Greenery

When you are styling the shelves, incorporating plants  adds an organic feel to the decor.  In my design, the greenery added the pop of color and a great contrast to the white pots. (I'll admit that I used fake plants, since I don't have a green thumb!).

Tip 3: Include Decorative Kitchen Essentials

Adding kitchen essentials to the shelves creates added space in your kitchen cabinets as well as an eye pleasing appearance. Here I added a tea pot, coffee mugs, sugar and creamer containers, a vase and a domed cake platter to the shelves as these items created the visual appearance that I was looking for.  Including any items that hold meaning to you will make your shelves look gorgeous!
See more of my favorite kitchen shelf design ideas on my Pinterest board labeled Kitchen Decoration.

What are your tips for styling kitchen shelves?