How to: Practice Shelf Care

Did you hear? Basket walls are the new gallery walls. They are easy to put together, are functional décor solutions, and allow you to creatively display your favorite items.

Shelves create an opportunity to make a space feel truly inspiring. Note that shelf care is required. We love to mix and match our bowls, vases, and trays — each is hand-woven by artisans in Africa.  

See below for five tips for how to style your shelves (and other spaces)!

Woven Bowls & Baskets {The Little Market}

STEP 1:  THINK BIG

Create a base for your shelf scene by selecting a few larger pieces to be the anchors.

Woven Bowls & Baskets {The Little Market}

STEP 2: BALANCE IT OUT

Select smaller pieces to surround the larger anchors. Apply the rule of three to create balance and interest. When filling a larger space, build a collection with an odd number of pieces.

Woven Bowls & Baskets {The Little Market}

STEP 3: DIVERSIFY

Make your shelf more dynamic by mixing in a variety of objects such as a candle, picture frame, or vase (fresh flowers are our favorite choice). You can also switch up how the bowls are displayed by placing them both vertically and horizontally.

Woven Bowls & Baskets {The Little Market}

STEP 4: CREATE A COLOR STORY

Balance out the variety of pieces displayed by keeping everything in a similar color family. This ensures that you have a cohesive look.

Woven Bowls & Baskets {The Little Market}

STEP 5: AND REPEAT

On to the next room! Dress up a workspace, bedroom, living room, or even a hallway. If you don’t have shelves, then apply these tips to a mantle, desk, or nightstand. If you have wall space, these woven baskets look beautiful hung up. Each woven bowl includes a hang loop, so your DIY project just got a lot easier.

Shop the entire collection of woven and beaded pieces, handmade by artisans in Rwanda. A proud member of the Fair Trade Federation, All Across Africa works with artisans who create these beautiful home goods with locally grown sisal and sweet grass materials. The artisans practice a creative basket weaving technique that dates back for centuries to make each product in the collection.

Woven Bowls & Baskets {The Little Market}

Where are you planning on practicing “shelf care?” Let us know in the comments below! And if you implement any of these steps in your own space, share photos with us @thelittlemarket on Instagram!

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