Creating an Attractive Display?

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Q: I'm trying to accessorize the built-ins/mantle space in my den. It's the first room you walk into when you enter the house. I don't know if I should keep the top of the bookshelves empty? Everything I do seems so busy. Help please! Also, the Roman shades will be pulled up and fastened but are not in this photo. Thanks!

Sent by Kelly

Editor: You have wonderful bones to start with — this should be fun.

Here are 3 tips to get you started:

1 Always remember that less is more
2 Strive for a bit of balance — the top of the shelves look cluttered because they are loaded with stuff and the shelves beneath them are not. The lower shelves will be able to hold more without looking too full.
3 Mix it up and incorporate various sizes, shapes and colors into the display.

Who else has suggestions?

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