What to do with the wall of shelves?

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We have a wood wall with shallow shelves. We'll be placing our home for sale in the spring so I'm trying to get things staged as much as possible. This picture is from the previous listing but it pretty much looks the same.

q what to do with the wall of shelves
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  • Rynn Rynn on Jul 17, 2018

    I realize this is wood, and some will "boo" my suggestion. But, because it is shallow, i would paint it to match the wall color. Stage it as an art gallery with some taller pictures sitting on the shelves , then maybe hang a few smaller items centered in the spaces. I think a mix of heights would be interesting to the eye. Best wishes!

  • I'm not sure if you want to keep the wood, but one idea is to paint them and line the back with wallpaper.

  • Joanne lueke Joanne lueke on Jul 17, 2018

    Does the wall serve a purpose? What is on the other side of the wall? I ask because if it serves no purpose and can be taken down I would do that to open up that long narrow hallway, or I would turn it into a short wall to open the hallway up. Then I would paint the short wall the same color as the other walls. Buyers have trouble seeing through clutter to visualize living there themselves. Just an idea.

    • Megan Reid Megan Reid on Jul 18, 2018

      It doesn't necessarily serve a purpose, but if you take it down and then turn the corner, you'll end up seeing the back and side of the oven in the kitchen, which I don't know how I'd feel about that. I do like that idea and we'll definitely need to consider it. Thanks!

  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Jul 18, 2018

    I would paint it to match the wall so it looks more "built-in" therefore, more "custom". Then I would place just a few items in the spaces (don't fill all of them). DON'T use family photos - when you stage a home for sale, potential buyers like to imagine their things in this house, not yours.

  • Rymea Rymea on Jul 18, 2018

    I would paint it white to match the rest of the trim

  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Aug 12, 2018

    Since you are staging to sell - remove all family photos, use books, glass vases and a few other items on shelves. Keep it simple and no clutter. Here is an example:

  • I agree with painting it white. Then stage it with neutral decor like books and plants. No family pictures. Don't fill the space. Leave a lot of breathing room to make it look more spacious.

  • Dee Dee on Jan 13, 2021

    I would paint to match the wall but I would also put in contact paper or wallpaper in the back for contrast.

  • Janice Janice on May 24, 2021

    Just paint it the same color as the other walls; keep the decor on the shelves to a minimum and let the buyers "imagine" how they would use the shelves to make the home theirs! Buyers love seeing empty spaces for them to fill with their personal treasures. :)

  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom Holly Lengner - Lost Mom on Oct 04, 2021

    I would add a few larger items to the shelf, nicely spaced out and would remove all the tiny items you have on there. You want the house to look nice and spacious, not crowded.