How to Style Kitchen Shelves with Zola and Ginny Branch

Since so much of newlywed time is spent in the kitchen, we partnered with Zola and some of our favorite stylists to bring you tips on decorating yours with all your wedding gifts. Haven’t heard of Zola? They’re the wedding registry that we’ve fallen for since they make registering for all the gifts, experiences, and funds you want easy + hassle-free. While we were shooting their amazing kitchen accessories (all available on their website’s home store), like this graphite Staub pot and these wooden bowls, we snuck a little advice from our favorite prop stylist, Ginny Branch. Check out her awesome advice below on how to style all of your new home items from your Zola Registry, and remember to sign up today and get $25 towards your registry from Zola!

From Ginny:

When styling shelves, I try and create a consistent color palette and groupings of textures to carry throughout the shelves to create some continuity throughout. Consider mixing metallics like copper, brass, and stainless steel that you might find in your pots and pans with classic dinner whites and warmer, weathered woods from cutting boards or wooden utensils that will show their use.  I also try and balance the shelves with both larger item like a potted plants or stock pots with groupings of smaller items like stacks of bowls or a row of glasses. Another easy way of creating levels of varying height on your shelves is to use books to stack under items. Also, vary the way you stack your books both horizontally and vertically, and if one has certain cover appeal, showcase it proud and facing forward, or layer several covers, or  tuck slightly behind a stack of plates. And when in doubt don’t hesitate to infuse some life into the shelves with little jars of herbs, bud vases, or some happy houseplants.

Creative and Art Direction: Emily Newman for Once Wed | Photography: Meghan Kay Sadler | Styling: Ginny Branch and Ginny Au| Food Styling: Katelyn Hardwick | Products: Zola