To make your shelves interesting and tie your room together, try selecting a few pieces from these categories:
Framed art or photos: Choose a few photos that make you smile or artwork you've collected, created, or made by your kids. The art can be bold and bright or minimal and neutral. Whatever speaks to you.
Pottery, stoneware, vases, bowls: Pick these pieces in different textures, shapes, and sizes to add interest.
Books, comics, magazines: Coffee table books, favorites from your collection, comics, magazine editions you can't part with (like every edition of Architectural Digest). If you don't own any books, buy a few from a thrift store or garage sale. Look for books with attractive covers or simply turn them around so that the book's pages show instead of the spine. You can even cover your books with similar paper or fabric for a more cohesive look.
Baskets and storage boxes: Try picking these in different materials and textures — metal, jute, cloth, wire. And secretly stash away other items, too.
Plants, flowers, succulents: These can be real or artificial. No judgment.
Collections: Your collection of little cat statues, McDonald's Happy Meal toys, '80s memorabilia, model cars, vintage signs, or records deserve to be on display. Your shelves are a great place to showcase these pieces.
Other items: Lights, lamps, candles, sculptures, figurines, mirrors, posters … Endless possibilities.