When it comes to shelf-styling, it becomes quite a challenge to fit in existing pieces, while still making the space feel new and exciting.

Here are some tricks to help you become a master shelf-stylist (or reach out to us for help: myclavis.ca/contact-us)!

  1. Find items that compliment existing pieces to highlight their qualities, whether they are antique or personal. These items you will want to be in eye-line to give them the attention they deserve.
  2. Before you begin, DE-CLUTTER! Old items that sit and bulk up the shelf without intent or purpose will make the space feel cluttered. Make room for the treasured pieces that may be sitting in storage.
  3. Books are a great way to style shelves. When adding books to shelves, however, it is best to stick to a consistent colour theme for the binding of the book. Also, same size books are helpful to create a cohesive look while stacked, and a range of book sizes are best when placed vertically.
  4. Always place the heavier items towards the bottom, such as vases or sculptures, as it will help to ground the room! Add dried flowers or eucalyptus to make the space feel bright and welcoming. Plants are always a welcome addition to help bring life to any space! Succulents, peace lilies and pothos are all great shelf plants.
  5. Layers. Layers. Layers! Items should be grouped in 2-3 pieces, with the larger items towards the back of the shelf and stationed together. Geometric shapes can be used in different areas of the shelf to help tie the look together and create an intriguing composition.
  6. It is best to stick to one metal accent choice, such as gold or silver. This aids the direction of the eye when walking past shelves, or when occupying the space, if the shelves are beside a television, per se.
  7. Lastly, it is important to style the shelf in a diamond or pyramid shape. Place 1-2 items on the top, keep the bulk of the styling in the middle area and towards the bottom, make it simple and grounding. Black accents mixed within white accents will always add a sense of depth and character.
  8. Have fun with it! Styling can always be added to or adjusted. It is best to take your time and choose pieces wisely!

 Whether you’re a homeowner living in an overpriced apartment in a metropolitan area or a new parent in a condo, you know the struggle with tiny and cramped rooms. 

A simple sofa, coffee table, and a work desk fill up your small living space, making you feel constricted in your own home. Add a few basic furnishings such as a media stand, chairs, and lights to make your living room feel cozier, and you’ll find yourself tripping over objects. 

If your living room is cluttered and cramped, the last thing you’ll want to do is spend time there. 

What if there’s a way to make your room feel larger? Spacious, comfortable, and welcoming? 

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to implement a few smart styling strategies to transform your small quarters into an inviting oasis. 

Follow these 5 simple steps to increase your living space in an INSTANT.

1. Add mirrors


Did you know mirrors can be more than grooming assistants? 

When placed strategically, mirrors can visually increase your small space! Their reflective properties can trick the eye into perceiving more space (think about infinity mirror rooms! It makes you feel like you’re in space because the room seems endless). 

Placing a mirror on the wall will quickly add dimension to your quarters. Setting a mirror near light sources will illuminate your whole space. On the other hand, establishing a framed mirror over a fireplace will create a focal point for the room. Any clutter and tightness will be less noticeable with a focal point.

2. Opt for a low-profile sofa and coffee table


What are low-profile sofas and coffee tables? They’re simply pieces that are lower to the ground. This will create a feeling of openness because low-profile furniture opens up more space on the top compared to regular furniture. 

Embrace low-to-the-ground furniture, and you’ll be surprised by how much space you can reveal! This simple trick will make your room feel airier and lighter. 

Need some help looking for low profile furniture? Browse on Clavis Studio, a new platform to design and shop for pieces from your favourite brands! There are hundreds of options in various colours and styles, you’ll find what you’re looking for in a snap. 

3. Keep furnishings white and simple

Similar to mirrors, the colour white also has reflective properties that can make your home airy,  light, and spacious. White can make any cluttered and stuffy room much brighter too.


Paint your walls, swap out couches, or add white-coloured decors. They don’t have to be stark white, any light neutral colour will do the trick!

White can visually simplify your room, but it’s also essential to declutter any unnecessary items from your tables and floor to allow more space. 

Thinking of switching to a minimalistic or Scandinavian style now? It takes no time at all to switch your style! Clavis Studio has themes to allow individuals browse through furnishings and furniture that suit the theme!

4. Let natural light pour in

Good lighting can make all the difference! Yet it’s a simple trick that most people tend to overlook. Natural lighting will make any space look bigger, open, and refreshed. 

Letting in more natural light can be as easy as keeping your windows wide uncovered, to create a sense of depth. Tie up any curtains to the side and keep them tucked during the day to allow every single ray of sun in!

5. New room? Plan ahead!

Last but not least, if you really want to refresh your style completely or if you just moved to a new home, then make a design plan!

Take some time to browse through Pinterest, Instagram, and Clavis Inspiration to save any themes or pieces of furniture that you like.

You can also design your home digitally on Clavis Studio. Plan out where your furnishings will go, visually see if they match, and if they will fit into your room. Design your dream space in minutes without leaving your seat!

No more clutter, cramming furniture next to each other or mismatching colours. Designing your home is as simple as 1,2,3.

Ready to enlarge your living room?

Living in a stuffed-up living room is no fun, especially when your home is supposed to be a relaxing oasis. Try these 5 steps above and create a plan, and you’ll soon fall in love with your living room again.