When decorating a home, 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. Decorating with ribbon is the easiest way to add personal style to all the ordinary objects around your home.
Decorating with Ribbon on Bookshelves
Ribbon is easy to find in most craft and fabric stores. It comes in a many colors, stripes and patterns and is inexpensive so it is budget friendly, too.
How to Add Pretty Ribbon to the Edge of Shelves
Resource: Over the washer and dryer rack
In my laundry room I wove multi-colored plaid ribbon through the wire shelving in my laundry room.
I tacked striped and sheer ribbon down using silver nail-heads along the shelves in my pantry.
When striped ribbon runs along the edge of the shelves, it can resemble molding, like the green and black ribbon does in the above photo. I have been searching for ribbon like it ever since clipping the photo out of a magazine.
How to Attach Ribbon to Laminate Shelf Edges
Last week, I finally found something very similar at in the clearance bins at Michaels.
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.
- Rubber cement or white glue can also be used to apply the ribbon. Brush the glue over the edges if you don’t have picutre hanging strips handy. Hot glue would not work well to attach the ribbon – it would leave a raised edge.
bookcase shelves before adding ribbon
bookcase shelves after adding ribbon
To add more color to this bookcase 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 started to wonder how different colors would look. Light turquoise would look nice for the summer months.
The color and pattern possibilities of ribbon are endless with the wide range of ribbons and now Washi style tapes available. 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…