I have wanted to get some IKEA picture ledges for so long and this summer we had rearranged our living room slightly so we revealed a gloriously blank, beige wall and I realised we could fit some in. My husband painstakingly put them up and spent ages making sure they were straight but fast forward a few months and I still haven’t had chance to get them exactly how I want them. We basically grabbed all the framed photographs we had hanging on the walls or around the house and added them to the ledge any which way, not the most creative way to style them. My friend Vicki from Let’s Talk Beauty very kindly framed a couple of prints for me (one of them is this free printable from fabulous The Twinkle Diaries!) which I love and makes me realise I want some more to add to the shelves. I also need to update the photographs as most of them are years old now, there isn’t even a recent one of the boys up there so I need to fix that right away.
Spending far too many hours trawling on Pinterest I think I have finally motivated myself to make a start on refreshing the shelves. They are such a cute way to add colour and photos to a room and I am definitely not making the most of ours. I have ordered this Wuthering Heights print from Etsy after seeing a similar one on the wonderful Rainbeaubelle and falling in love with it. There are so many prints I could buy on Etsy that it gets a little overwhelming so for now I think I’m going to try framing some funky wrapping paper and postcards just to add some more colour up there, maybe even some children’s artwork! In my bedside table I have a pile of cards and notes that I’ve been hoarding since the age of 16 just for this very thing. Now is the time to finally do something with them. They will be easy to change if I fancy updating it for each season and maybe adding a few little Christmassy colours up there when the time is upon us.
Trying to decide on photographs is a little more of a challenge, I take so many and yet I am constantly trying to get the perfect one of the three boys together. Here are some my my most recent favourites of the boys and I’ll keep a few of the old baby photos up there, I’m not quite ready to take them down yet. Me and my husband are going to a wedding together in a couple of weeks so it would be nice to get a recent one of us seen as the last ones are from our wedding day five years ago.
I’ve been thinking a little plant, candle or lights would be nice to add something different and I have a few more ideas to make it more a reflection of us rather than just a generic picture ledge. I’m still not sure whether to keep a mix of frames or to try and go for just white or black, I’ll have to see what it looks like when I have different prints and photos up there. I’m looking forward to sharing the finished wall with you. Ideally it will be a work in progress and something I can refresh when the mood takes me. Have a peek at my Pinterest board for beautiful shelves, some people are so creative with theirs and I love how it really reflects their family and interests. Check back in a few weeks when hopefully I will have updated ours! If you have picture ledges in your home I would love to see what you’ve done with yours.
You can now see the updated Ikea picture ledges in my post Picture Ledge Styling.