Decorate It – Rainbow Shelf Styling

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When I decided to decorate my built-ins like a rainbow, I wasn’t 100% sure I would have enough of a decor-spectrum to pull it off (an earth-shattering problem, I know).  To my surprise (not really), I had more than enough to create a color-cascade with varying shapes and textures.

Let’s investigate closer, shall we?

First up is the red/pink side. I used a few red and pink books I’ve collected over time (who says you can’t judge a book by it’s cover; it’s pink and I want it!), a red box from Sugar Paper for Target’s holiday collection, my DIY neon footed terrarium, myYAY typography vase, and a few odds and ends from Home Goods.

In the orange section, I have a few more books, my other neon footed terrarium, my color block mother’s day art I made, a gold vase filled with faux flowers from Joann fabric and craft stores, abstract art prints by Britt Bass, and a few more pieces from Home Goods.

Anchoring the middle section is our sad/old mini-tv. With every picture it’s in, it gets one step closer to being replaced. Anyway, here I have a few more books, a yellow Moroccan patterned candle, photo frame, terrarium, green candle, and mini candle hurricane from Target, and other pieces from Home Goods. Can you see the pattern here?

In the blue and purple section, there are a few more pieces from the same same few places. Apparently I do all my shopping at Home Goods, Target, or World Market. Maybe I should branch out more? Suggestions?

What do you think of the rainbow built-ins? Too much or just right? I’m really loving it and think that it might be my favorite yet. It was fun to do and a good opportunity to mix-in a lot of the DIY project-objects that I’ve created recently. I think I’ll keep it. Well, at least until fall. 

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  1. Michelle Knox

    May 17th, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    KARA!!! This is AMAZING!!! As a fellow lover of color this is so phenomenal!!! You ROCK!


    May 17th, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Thanks so much Michelle! I am not sure why I hadn't thought about doing it before. But it is definitely my favorite way that I have styled my shelves. BTW your wood monogram planter is AMAZING!

  3. Michelle Knox

    May 17th, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    Thank you!! Do you mind if I share on Insta?


    May 17th, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Of course!!!!

  5. Liz

    July 23rd, 2016 at 6:36 am

    I'm trying to figure out where I can put more bookshelves in my house so I can replicate this, but I'm running out of space! 😉 It is perfectly beautiful and you did a great job!

  6. BeckyJane Chapman

    April 20th, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Brilliant!!! I have similar built-ins…now I need to rethink me decor! Zippity-do-da!

  7. monica

    August 8th, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    just, ah-mazing! where is that light fixture from?


    August 8th, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Thanks! It was from Shades of Light and their Young House Love collection.

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