Design Tips for Styling a Hutch

Maybe it's just me but styling a hutch, bookcase, buffet or open shelving space can be a little scary. A blank slate is great don't get me wrong, but it's hard to know where to start. Don't be discouraged if it takes a few tries before you get it just right.

So here are some tips that I have picked up that I think will make it a little easier for you.

Tip #1 Balance-If you do a wooden element on one shelf you should incorporate another type or piece of that element on another shelf. Usually I try to put it on the opposite end for example if I put a metal cake stand on the top shelf on the right then I may use a metal measuring cup on the bottom shelf on the left.

Tip #2 Greenery- It's true there is something to be said for adding greenery to a hutch or shelf that really just sets it off. I tend to lean toward faux greenery that doesn't require sunlight or water because now I can place it anywhere.

Tip #3 Textiles-I like to incorporate some type of textile to add texture to the space: napkins, dish clothes, a folded table runner, place mats are all great items that can be used.

Tip #4 Layers- I like to use platters, trays, bread boards, old wooden boxes, something to give extra dimension to my shelves and add interest to the eye.

Tip #5 Books- I love books. In fact, I did a whole blog post on how to decorate with old books awhile back.

You can read it here: case you missed it.