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40 ways to style shelves LIKE A PRO

How to style a yellow String Pocket

Actually, there are so many more, but here are my top picks. To make sure I give you the best ideas possible, I am using the String Pocket system by String Furniture as the reference here which currently retails at £115 for the 3 shelves as shown here.

The Pocket was designed by Swedish architect Nils Strinning and has been around for more than 60 years. It was designed in 1949 and it's as relevant and desirable today as it was back then. It is part of a shelving system that is at the core of 'Scandinavian design'. The structure is light weight, yet stable. It is simple to assemble and the shelves can be easily repositioned according to your needs (and the height of your items). The side panels keep everything in place and, by adding extra panels and shelves, the combinations are just endless.

Minimalistic in its design, it has a timeless appeal. It comes in a range of colours for the panels and the shelves so whatever your decor, you will be sure to find one in a colour to suit your interiors (and scroll down to find my favourite colour way).

And while minimalistic in its original form, once styled, it can become anything you want. It can be dressed in a bohemian way with art, go masculine or fun with pops of colour in a kid's room. I hope the photos below will be a source of inspiration on styling your shelves!


Seeing this photo I am thinking that this could work in my home office too! For a similar wall colour try Farrow and Ball Railings (as seen in my study) or Dulux Javelin. Keeping your office supplies tidy and looking good, this is the black and walnut Pocket. Let's call this the Monochrome Office. Accessories from HAY. Image: Nina Holst for ROM123.