4 Ways to Style an Instagram worthy Shelfie

I don’t know about you but I spend most of my time on Instagram out of all the social platforms.

I love the abundance of beautiful images, creative scenes and escapist photography. Numerous times I’ve shared with you my favourite inspirational Instagrammers but today its time to look at how to style a shelf that’ll be worthy of sharing on your own Instagram. I hope you have as much fun as I did!

Top Tip: What is the meaning of Shelfie? A photo of your shelf, which can often include you in the picture too.  

Stop by my Instagram over at @fairytaleprettypicture and don’t forget to comment 🙂

1. Flowers, Petals and Blooms

Begin Anywhere* – Juniqe | Peacock by Jovana Rikalo* – Juniqe | Wolf – gift

As we’re in the full swing of summer, especially as the weather finally is now so nice, flowers are in full bloom. So make the most of them and show them off on a shelf that gets plenty of light. You don’t have to do what I did either and dot them around, just simply use a stand-out vase to put a summery bouquet into and you’ve got a pretty finish already.

2. Choose Pictures that Fit Together

A lot of the time I like to combine a quote with an interesting picture. When creating your own shelfie style make sure to add your personality to it. The quote can represent something that you believe in at this very moment whilst the other pictures compliment it; either by having an image that’s a similar colour scheme or a vibrant pattern that’s totally different. No matter what it is, choose a theme and stick to it. Another tip from me would be to make sure that the theme goes well within the overall room design so that it doesn’t stand out like a sore thumb!

Another thing to think about is the size of your pictures, especially when they are stacked next to each other on the shelf. You don’t want to lose the message of the quote for example, if it’s too small and neither do you want one picture to overpower the other. Think carefully about where they’d go before you purchase, you can even measure and cut out pieces of paper with rough sketches on them, just to check.

3. Frame your Posters

I purposefully used contrasting frame colours to hold my posters and put them side by side. I wanted them both to pop out and at the same time seamlessly bring attention to one another as the eye is drawn to the shelf. I chose modern frames but it works with vintage ones too, have a look at my Fairytale Interiors post for example, where the bedroom shelf has an abundance of  distressed frames, all of which are different. Note that some frames don’t even have pictures within them and yet they still fit in nicely!

Tip: If you’d like to go for all frames that are the same colour then I recommend matching the posters with a matching pattern or a recurring colour so that they look like they belong together. 

4. Personal Touches

Fairy Lights: I like adding fairy lights to shelves because I find that it helps fill space that would otherwise be empty in a cohesive way. Plus, they’re cute and add a delightful light during the evenings.

Wolf Ornament: In case you don’t know we have a dog in the family, a white German Shepherd to be exact. So this ornament was actually gifted to us because the wolf looks a lot like him and it’s lovely to have a piece of the family on my fairytale and optimistic shelfie.

DIY with tulle fabric: Many years ago I spotted this trick on Pinterest where you add fabric to fairy lights in order to soften the light coming from the bulbs so that’s exactly what I did with my DIY skills. I added strips of tulle (see through, mesh type of fabric) and I personally think it looks good when the lights are switched off as well as on.

Adding little personal touched that show off the things that represent you and perhaps your way of life is always a great way to start new conversations with guests, or in our case, on Instagram!

I hope you’ve learnt one of two things about styling your own awesome shelfie and I look forward to seeing snaps of them on Instagram. TAG ME using @fairytaleprettypicture and use hashtag #fairytaleprettypicture, I can’t wait to see them 🙂

*Thank you to Juniqe for providing me with the beautiful framed pictured. As always, all opinions are my own. 

Alina is the founder and writer of The Fairytale Pretty Picture blog whilst working full time as an SEO specialist at a growing online-only retailer called Amara. She owns a beautiful white Alsatian and lives in Essex with her husband.


  • June 10, 2017


    Love this post, such a good idea softening fairy lights with fabric! The prints you’ve chosen are really lovely too!

    • June 19, 2017


      Thanks so much Harriet, I’m hoping to use that trick again in my garden soon!