Sometimes it is the subtle little details that can make the biggest difference in the appeal of a decorated room. They catch your eye and take whatever they are embellishing up a notch on the style scale. I love the decorating details and enjoy finding ways to add them to every room. They are the easiest way to add personal style to all the ordinary objects we have around our homes.
One such detail I like to add around my house is colorful ribbon to the edges of shelves. Decorating with ribbon makes anything look a little extra special.
I wove it through the wire shelving in my laundry room.
I tacked it down along the shelves in my pantry.
I started adding ribbon trim to shelves after clipping the photo below from a magazine a long time ago – way before Pinterest. I like to write right on my clippings, why I clipped it. Does anyone else do this? This photo has made it through many clipping purges. I think I have kept it for so long because I love the striped ribbon. When it runs along the edge of the shelves, it resembles molding. I have been searching for ribbon like it ever since clipping the photo.
Last week, I finally found something very similar at Michaels. In the clearance bins. I attached it to the edge of my IKEA Billy bookshelves in my studioffice. I used no-damage picture hanging strips, so if I decide to a change the color it will be easy to do. I could have used rubber cement or white glue brushed over the edges if I didn’t have the strips handy. Hot glue would not work well to attach the ribbon – it would leave a raised edge.
bookcase shelves before
bookcase shelves after
Then I started to wonder how different colors would look. Light turquoise would look nice for the summer months. I covered the backs of the shelves by covering cardboard with pretty sheets. You can read how I did it in this post: IKEA Billy bookcase Makeover.
I could have played with it for a while to determine what color I liked best. The green won for now.
The color and pattern possibilities are endless with the wide range of ribbons and now Washi style tapes available. When I was at the Snap Conference, we got to play with new decorative tapes. They are not even out on the market yet, but will be soon. I also got a few rolls of Washi tape to play with. They would be super easy to apply to the edge of shelves – no strips or glue needed. When you want a change – just simply remove it.
My kind of decorating – easy, affordable, fun, and eye-catching.
Where can you add a bit of decorating details around your house? Kitchen shelves, pantry, bedroom, linen closet…
Hope you have a wonderful weekend! It is going to be nice and sunny here in southeastern PA – time for a day trip to the seashore for me :)