Love Fixer Upper's Perfectly-Styled Bookshelves? Our Tips to Up Your #Shelfie Game

Joanna Gaines is the queen of shelf styling, so we've gathered some of our favorite photos + tips to help you copy the Fixer Upper look. 

If you follow design die-hards on Instagram, you've seen lots of #shelfies: Think of them as selfies of perfectly-curated shelves. Since Joanna Gaines is the queen of shelf styling, we found some of her best Fixer Upper work to inspire your next photo sesh. Do try these clever show-inspired tricks at home! 

Rustic Bookshelf With Ladder

Rustic Bookshelf in Living Room

A ladder and rustic bookshelf are both new additions in the newly renovated McKenzie home, as seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper.

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Photo by: Rachel Whyte

Rachel Whyte

Open shelves = more display space. Open shelves simply give you an opportunity to display a collection of compelling items, like vintage books, flowers and favorite treasures.

Neutral Wood and Pipe Shelf

Butler's Pantry

Canisters of spices sit on open shelving made from industrial piping and wood in natural finish.

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Photo by: Rachel Whyte

Rachel Whyte

Ordinary items can actually make a space extraordinary. Basic finds, such as kitchen ingredients, rocks or shells, in glass jars, make an interesting shelf filler. Sometimes it’s the simplest arrangements that make the most dramatic impact.

Rustic Shelves in Neutral Living Room

Rustic Shelves in Neutral Room

A wood and metal shelving unit create an industrial look while neutral tones and flowers add a more feminine touch to this rustic space.

Photo by: Sarah Wilson/ Getty Images

Sarah Wilson/ Getty Images

One key to shelf styling? Breathing room. Give your shelves plenty of air by not cramming too many items on each shelf. Think about what you want to display, and remember less is more.

Host Joanna Gaines repurposed an old headboard, found at the house. Now painted bright white, it serves as a display for plate ware and decor, as seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper. Detail

Photo by: Sarah Wilson/Getty Images

Sarah Wilson/Getty Images

Odd numbers make the best arrangements. Have 3 cups, but not 4? Or 5 vases and not the 7 you need? Don’t fret, as these mini collections shine on a shelf. Multiples and duplicates make for a quirky shelf-filler. Keep them in groups for the maximum effect.

Dining Area With Chalkboard Board

Home Coffee Bar With Chalkboard Wall

HGTV Fixer Upper hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines transformed this casual dining space into a family coffee bar – a place for family and friends to gather for eating and entertaining. Chalkboard paint on the wall creates a cafe-like atmosphere, while the floating shelves add a hint of rustic style.

Photo by: Sarah Wilson/ Getty Images © 2013, HGTV/ Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Sarah Wilson/ Getty Images, 2013, HGTV/ Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Add a backdrop. Back a set of shelves with a block of chalkboard or color of paint for an extra pop. Your items will stand out even more against the dark and dramatic background. And, if you take Joanna’s lead and choose chalkboard, it’s also functional!

Shelf Made with Wood Planks and Black Plumbing Pipes

Modern, Rustic Shelving

Chip and Joanna Gaines installed a modern, sculptural shelving unit in the homeowner's living room made from plumbing pipe and wood planks, as seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper.

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Find similar pieces to make vintage look cohesive. Scour flea markets and tag sales for vintage items that look alike. These similar finds, such as old bottles and leather-bound books, make for clean shelf decor that appears well thought out.  If you can’t find a collection of similar books, try covering them all in brown or white paper.

Wooden Coat Rack

After: Living Room Coat Rackra

Both beautiful and functional, this wooden coat rack is a great addition to the homeowners' living room.

From: Fixer Upper

Don't forget the function! Shelves are an opportunity to add style and personality to a space. Don’t forget, that they can also add function. Find a stand-alone shelf that also has hooks attached, making it a great place to hang coats or umbrellas.

Suspended Wood Shelf

Willing Suspension

In the master bedroom, Chip takes a novel approach to bedside tables, fashioning these hanging nightstands out of the cross-section of a tree.

From: Fixer Upper

Photo by: Rachel Whyte

Rachel Whyte

DIY, anyone? Attention DIY gurus! An unexpected remnant or piece of nature can make a great place to stack your items. Copy Joanna and find an old tree stump and see it not as rubbish, but as a shelving opportunity!

Small Wooden Canoe Book Holder

After: Literary Cargo

An antique canoe replica makes an interesting design statement as a makeshift book rack in the new family room.

From: Fixer Upper

Don't discount larger flea market finds, either — can you believe this old canoe is now a hanging wall shelf? So clever. 

Open Shelving with Brick Backsplash

Open Custom Shelves

These custom open shelves in the King kitchen are accentuated by the brick backsplash, which goes all the way to the celiing, as seen on Fixer Upper.

From: Fixer Upper

Photo by: Rachel Whyte

Rachel Whyte

Color-coordinate for a cohesive look. Pick a color and make that your shelf theme. Keep it clean with all white, or go for an added pop with all turquoise or yellow items.

Custom Shelves

Living Room, Detail

Custom shelves in the King home, as seen on Fixer Upper.

From: Fixer Upper

Photo by: Rachel Whyte

Rachel Whyte

Don't crowd your shelves. One shelf styling tip that fits all occasions: edit, edit, edit. Once you fill a shelf, take an item or two off. The cleaner the design, the greater the impact.

Shelf Detail: Close Up

Custom Shelf Details

A close-up of one of the custom shelves in the King home, as seen on Fixer Upper.

From: Fixer Upper

Photo by: Rachel Whyte

Rachel Whyte

Accent with letters and shapes. A vintage letter or small plant makes great a great shelf addition when stacked on a few books. Now grab that shelfie, er selfie, stick — your bookshelves are ready for their closeup!

Bookcase in Sun Room

Sun Porch With Bookcase

A wall-mounted bookcase is made from ordinary metal piping and unstained wood shelves in the new sun porch.

From: Fixer Upper

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