Main Course with Annie – How to Create an Accent Wall of Shelving

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I don’t know about you but there are areas in my house that drive me nuts. This room is one of them. This wall has always felt a little empty to me, and I can’t seem to find the shelves that fit this space.

How to Create an Accent Wall of Shelving

I have pictures and items that I’ve picked up while traveling, but I have the perfect solution and I am so excited to share this design idea with you.

 

Tip #1 – Choose a Wall Large Enough to Showcase your Items

It all starts with finding the right space you want for these shelves. For me, I selected this wall. No art seemed to match this room, and at the end of the day I really wanted an opportunity to showcase my favorite photos and all my favorite things.
 

Tip #2 – Cut Boards to Suit the Length of the Space

I measured out the space on the wall and cut these boards to the perfect length of the wall. That was a must for me because we never found shelves that fit the space.
 

Tip #3 – Use Shelving Brackets or Pipes that can Withstand Board Weight

Shelving Brackets are an easy way to hold shelves, but I really love the idea of using these pipes coupled by 1 by 1 strips gives the shelves support. It gives an industrial chic look that both my husband and I could compromise on.
 

Tip #4 – Set the Width of the Shelves to Fit the Tallest Item

Then I took into consideration all the items I plan to put on the wall. I wanted to make sure they would fit and have a little bit of space on top. This way the color I’m adding comes though and it doesn’t look wedged in there.
 

Tip #5 – Choose Colors that are Similar to get an Ombre Effect

Next, I really wanted this to be a statement in the room. This was going to be my “work of art”. So, I knew it needed color and I wanted this whole project to be easy. So, when I shop for paint, I took into consideration the base color paint of the room, which is Benjamin Moore in Baby’s Breath. From there I went to the sample cards and literally went down the line and grabbed these colors. I felt it stayed within the color family it would really make the shelf concept look like part of the room. I’m a big fan of the Ombre Wall and this concept was a modern twist. When paired with these pipes to hold the shelves, the room shelving truly became a focal point in the room. If your room has artwork of other photos and this color concept doesn’t seem to fit your space, then consider painting just the shelves. Painted shelves can be a special addition to the room, and they can add that unexpected pop of color in a neutral space.
Everything is coming together as planned, my last bit of advice is about how to arrange items on your shelves. Make sure that the objects vary in height for a larger visual impact. Whether you choose to display a tall unique piece of art or a sleek contemporary vase, add something that draws your eye upward.
 

With unique hardware, combination of colors, and a personal touch, you too can create a masterpiece that you and your family can enjoy.

 
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Published 7/23/21
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