Shopping Guide: Rustic Open Shelves Decor

Hello again!

I’m so thrilled about the great response I received from a recent post about styling open shelves in 5 easy steps!  I’m glad I’m not alone in struggling to style shelves and I’m so so happy everyone found that post helpful.

To help y’all even more, I created a shopping guide for all types of rustic decor that would be perfect on your own farmhouse shelves.

{Oh, if you’re wondering how to makes your own farmhouse shelves, girl, I got you covered.  Check out my DIY farmhouse shelves that were actually much easier than expected}

Shopping Guide: Rustic Open Shelves Decor. Tons of fixer upper and farmhouse decor items that would look perfect on open shelves

Some of you probably read the last post and thought “ok, I can style the shelves but I don’t have time to go searching for rustic decor that would look perfect on farmhouse shelves”.

Or maybe you don’t have time to DIY a ton of projects right now.

totally understand!!

Creating a bunch of DIYs or going shopping for decor to fill a few shelves can be overwhelming.

If you find yourself in that boat, this post is for you!

I used my own decor from my styled open shelves as inspiration to come up with a HUGE list of items to create your own rustic-styled shelves.

Guys, this list took me FOREVER.  There is so so much stuff to choose from.

I hope you find this post helpful and come away inspired with a vision of your own farmhouse shelves.

Just click on the picture if you want to view more details.

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Ahhh storage options.  It seems as though they are never ending.  It was so hard for me to choose just a few options to show you guys today.  For rustic storage think distressed white crates, galvanized metal utensil caddies, and wire bins.


Trays are probably my favorite farmhouse decor item.  They are so versatile: can be styled lying flat on shelves with a vignette on top or lying on their side to create a fun backdrop.  I’m especially loving any rustic tiered tray, though a simple wooden tray is always pretty, too.


Buckets are a great item to add to your open shelves because they are beautiful (of course) but also can have some fun decor added into them.  Throw a few wooden spoons or vintage kitchen towels in a bucket and you have a pretty and interesting focal point on your shelves.

Cake Stands:

Cake stands can hold their ground on their own or can have fun items placed on top.  I added a DIY decoupaged pot to my cake stand and I love how it looks! 


I love the look of open-backed frames on shelves.  I have two open-backed frames on my own open shelves.  They are perfect for a fun vignette or string a wreath from the top to add a different look.


Jars remind me of buckets, but I prefer to add some faux floral stems to jars.  Alternatively, some jars have enough charm to stand on their own.

Floral Accessories:

Wait until you’re almost done styling your shelves to add some floral accents.  Throw some in those rustic jars or maybe a few clippings on a cake stand.  These can be changed out based on the season (daisies in the summer, peach blossoms in the spring, etc).

Rustic Accessories:

Lastly, you add in some rustic accessories to complete the look.  These can totally transform the look of your shelves and really brings the whole look together.  The possibilities here are really endless.  I pulled a few of my favorites here but don’t limit yourself.  Be creative!!

Phew!  That was a lot of links, huh??

This post took me awhile to get together because I wanted to give you guys a really valuable list of decor items to style your open shelves.  I so hope this post, and the previous one on HOW to style open shelves, really help you out 🙂

Wishing you a joyful day!









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This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. shawnna griffin

    Hey girl love all the ideas! so cool!

  2. Bonnie

    That is such a wonderful, comprehensive list. Thanks so much for taking the time to put it together.

  3. I think I can say I love every single item on these lists!! I have the coffee canisters but would love the tea and sugar one too! Thanks for putting this together! xo

  4. Lora

    Love this list, Sarah! Such pretty choices and a great variety!

  5. What a great list Sarah! I was telling my sister about your blog the other day because she loves Farmhouse style. And I was like, “I know the blog for you!” This list will be perfect to pass along to her.

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