5 Tips to Take Great Kitchen Shelfies

Scott C. | Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Surely you know about the phenomenon of the "selfie" photo, but how familiar are you with the "shelfie?" As the name implies, shelfies are photos that feature shelves throughout your home, a new fad that's helping shape how people communicate with others about their interior decorating preferences and styles. A nice shelving display can also come in handy as a backdrop for virtual networking communication as a means of impressing friends and colleagues.

So what do you need to know to take a great shelfie, particularly when it comes to kitchens? Here's a look at some tips and tricks to wow your audiences:

1. Give Your Kitchen Shelving a Makeover

KithONE Floating Shelves

The first step to taking a great "shelfie" is making sure that your shelving game is strong. Properly assessing and giving your kitchen a necessary makeover can help take your shelfie game to a new level. Kitchen cabinets with floating shelves, such as those offered by KithONE Cabinetry, are one way to show off a sleek arrangement. Glass-front cabinets are another way to enhance "shelf appeal." 

2. Mood Matters

Just like you shouldn't be going to a job interview in attire that doesn't match, you shouldn't be taking a shelfie of kitchen decor that clashes with itself. Pay attention to materials, decor, color schemes, and more to make sure that it doesn't clash with each other. Don't share a shelfie photo that you aren't proud of. 

3. Watch What You Display

You don't want to put too little or too much on your shelves, making it important to find the right display balance. Furthermore, you'll want to make sure that what you're featuring is notable. Some ideas include fine china, wine racks, unique gadgets, or even accessories like plants and decor. In the case of fine tableware, it's important to invest in the right display accessories so that it can be presented in a stand-up, and not stacked, position. 

4. Angle It Right

KithONE Floating Shelves

Just as people, scenery, and other objects look better from certain angles, you'll want to ensure that you're capturing your "shelfie" at an angle that makes it stand out even more. One tip is to consider taking your shelfie at an angle to help show off its dimensions, texture and to capture the scene from a unique perspective. On the latter point, most cabinetry and shelving are shot from a head-on, frontal perspective. Capturing it from an angle can help it really stand out.

5. Lighting Is Important

Don't trust the device you're taking the photo on to auto-correct for lighting inadequacies. Make sure you try to stage the photo with lighting as best as you can before snapping it. Play around with your room lighting and the settings on your camera until you settle on an environment that works for you. Even after you snap the picture, don't be afraid to carry out some post-editing in Photoshop before you share the image. 

About The Author

In a career spanning more than 15 years, Scott C has experience writing for a variety of mediums. He started in sports writing, which is still his favorite type of writing, and then moved on to hard news and feature writing while working for a community newspaper. He also has experience in technical and automotive topics and has an ability to take complex subjects and write them in a way that is understandable and engaging. Scott C also has professional experience in the cleaning, HVAC and emergency preparedness fields. Most recently, Scott has gained skills in home improvement, construction, outdoors, renovation and restoration, as well as packaging. He also enjoys writing about the entertainment industry as well as health and fitness topics.

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