Home decorating guide

Freshen up your living spaces with color, smart display, and strategies for maximizing style

Great ideas for shelves

Create the storage you need with inspiration from these shelves for kitchen, living room, hall, garden, mudroom, bathroom, and more

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Bookcase display
Photo by Thomas J. Story; styling by Miranda Jones

Leave some open space

Rather than filling her shelves with books, L.A. designer Kelly LaPlante left room for shapely objects and empty space to create a pretty display.

"I first visually balance the case as a whole," she says. "Then I arrange the contents of each shelf." See more of her place here.

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