or, How to Style Cabinets When You Have Cats
anzeige / in collaboration with MYCS – thank you!
Ever since the cats have moved in with me, I have switched up quite a few bits and pieces in my flat. What was one of the best decisions in my life, quickly made me realize that the interior choices I made prior to that were probably not exactly suitable anymore. Hence, I decided to give my entire flat a little makeover in the past few weeks. The biggest difference was made in my bedroom, though. Here I previously had open shelving, a clothing rack and an assortment of bits and bobs lying around.
As luck would have it, I was able to design my own cabinet at MYCS. So when it arrived, was assembled and positioned in my bedroom I decided it was the perfect opportunity to introduce you to my minimalist approach to shelf styling, aka “how to style open cabinets when you have cats”.
MY 5 BEST SHELF STYLING TIPS
#1 Strip it back to zero
Whether you want to refresh an already decorated shelf or start fresh with a new favourite piece, I would always advise you to strip it back to zero, shift it to its new position and start from there. I always find it easier to just empty the entire shelf before starting the reorganizing process. It gives you a clearer picture of what your piece of furniture really looks like and helps you to understand the layout of the place.
#2 Start with an anchor piece
An anchor piece is a piece that is either really big, exceptionally beautiful or has a lot of sentimental value to you. It is easy to let loose and throw it all in there. But starting with that one piece you really want on/in your cabinet helps you to navigate around it. For cat-owners I would advise this piece to be something big and chunky the cats cannot push off the edge or play around with. For us, this centre piece definitely was the big picture we already had mounted on the wall and I simply worked from there with everything else I did.
#3 Work with the rule of threes
The rule of threes does not only come in handy when writing kick-ass speeches and essays but is also essential in interior decoration. I always make sure to arrange pieces of decoration, boxes, and also coffee table books in pairs of three to create a coherent look and feel to my shelves. When you look at the pictures you will see the rule of threes applied in almost every aspect of the shelf styling in this cabinet – the books, the boxes, the decorative items on top…
#4 Play with height and similar tones
When reorganizing your new cabinet, it can easily get messy. This is why I try to always stick to similar tones and a pre-established colour scheme. Hence, the books in my living room shelf are turned inside out to not make it look messier due to their different coloured spines. If you have a colourful home and plenty of space, though, you might purposely make use of that. The same applies to height. For this new MYCS cabinet in the bedroom, I decided to work with different height not only when decorating it, but also already when I planed it. Thus one side features full-height doors and the other two sides have squares and also longer open shelving. I wanted plenty of space to store things inside but also some open bits to decorate and make the bedroom look cosier and more at home.
#5 Less is more
I’ve stared at plenty a shelf, chewing my lip, and trying to come up with a styling that looked right. I do find, however, that less truly is more when it comes to decorating open shelving. And it also comes in handy as a cat owner. The fewer trinkets and tiny bits are lying around on the open units, the harder it will get for the cats to ruin or break anything. I made sure to create the MYCS cabinet in neutral colours, a bit of wood for and a grey surface on the doors for a cosy atmosphere in the bedroom. A few open units, but more closed space to store and organize without it looking too cluttered.