Ways To Make Your Ikea Shelf Stand Out

Styling Ikea Shelf cozy & zen

I was looking online for a good shelf and found the Ikea lerberg shelf in White. It finally arrived over the weekend and I couldn’t wait to decorate it and show you guys what I did with it. A very similar shelf is being sold by Organized Planet on Ngong Road. Click here to order.

Styling Ikea Shelf cozy & zen

After unboxing , it took about 15 mins to assemble.

Styling Ikea Shelf cozy & zen

Lately the metallics trend has been everywhere and you almost can’t miss a home without gold or silver decor. I went shopping for accessories and I was so drawn to all the metallics they had. The store I visited had lots..I mean lots of silver, mirrored frames, rose gold ceramics and gold accents.  I decided to do something out of the box and mix the metals. To make the shelf stand out I followed these 3 tricks.

Styling Ikea Shelf cozy & zen


I started with a picture frame that has the colors I was working with as a central piece. In order to balance the colors on each shelf, I decided to alternate metallics in the same order (gold, rose gold then silver)

Styling Ikea Shelf cozy & zen


I also made sure that on every shelf I had one big item and a small one next to it. I also planned to have 3 items per shelf due to the space I had. If you have small accessories you can use books to lift them up.

Styling Ikea Shelf cozy & zen


Metals can be too overbearing and just look fake if overdone so I wanted to add some life to this shelf with potted plants. I got two and everything seemed more balanced. I also wanted colorful ceramic balls for the bottom shelf to give an illusion of texture.

Styling Ikea Shelf cozy & zen

Do you have a shelf at home? What are your challenges when it comes to styling it?









  1. October 11, 2016 / 7:02 pm

    I really love the encasing (is that even a word) of the vase. Bookmarked for when I move to a new place :)

    • October 11, 2016 / 7:25 pm

      I love it too!! With so many kinds of metallic spray paints out there you can literally turn anything to gold :)

  2. October 12, 2016 / 1:45 am

    Ooo I love those metallic pieces! This shelf is so cute and is totally on trend! I keep seeing everyone having shelves like this. :) Hope you had a great weekend!

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

  3. encountercs
    October 12, 2016 / 8:04 am

    Great work Makio, I love what you did with the vase at the top, I am surely gonna look for it. I will put on my bookshelf in my office. It is white as well. Thanks for the Inspiration.

    • October 12, 2016 / 1:16 pm

      Yes I love that vase as well. It adds some sparkle to your shelf.

  4. encountercs
    October 12, 2016 / 8:07 am

    Gosh I am gonna copy everything even the candles lol
    Great work and I love it, I will take a photo once done and post it in my Insta andI will tag you. love it

    • October 12, 2016 / 1:14 pm

      Awww, thank you!! Am sure you will have lots of fun working on your shelf like I did :)

  5. Zoey
    October 12, 2016 / 1:38 pm

    I love how to mixed all the metallics, everything looks so balanced and in harmony. Love it!

    • October 12, 2016 / 1:42 pm

      Thank you!

    • October 31, 2016 / 12:48 pm

      That makes the two of us Sharni.

  6. October 31, 2016 / 11:17 pm

    I love love this. Where can I get one?

    • October 31, 2016 / 11:42 pm

      Actually the same applies for any shelf you have at home, I bought an Ikea one but any will do.

  7. Lonah
    January 12, 2017 / 10:49 pm

    I love how the shelf looks; simple and elegant.
    But I wonder where one can get such and other ikea products in Kenya. Any leads will be highly appreciated.

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