Tips for Styling Your Hutch

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Hey there! Hope you had a great weekend! We got some much-needed spring cleaning done, including cleaning our carpet, which I’m going to share about later this week. I also cleaned out my hutch, dusted the shelves and restyled it. So today I’d like to share some tips for styling your hutch!

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Endless Options

The options are endless when styling your hutch. You can use it to display something you collect, to show off family photos, arrange some of your favorite decorative pieces, or display your china.

I had never had a hutch before we moved into this house and I’ve found that I really enjoy it! Our hutch was built-in to the space and we gave it a much-needed makeover when we first moved in. You can read about it here. 

Styling Your Hutch – Decor Tips

Rule of Three

I had several little knick-knacks that I hadn’t really had a space for in our last home so they sat in a storage bin for a few years. I was so excited to finally have a place to display them! It can be hard to decide how best to arrange them, though. I took some design classes several years ago and was introduced to the rule of three. It’s been very helpful over the years in decorating our homes!

The idea is that objects look best grouped in odd numbers. So instead of groups of two or four, you’d want groups of three, five, seven, etc. For some reason, the way our brains work, studies have shown that items grouped in odd numbers are more visually appealing and memorable to us. I used this rule when styling my vintage books with these corbels I repurposed from our fireplace mantle.

vintage corbel displayed with old books

You can also see where I used it when I redecorated for Christmas:

built-in hutch home tour

I made a group of five with the vintage books and corbel with a vintage masher and candle snuffer. You have the three brass candle holders grouped together and the four vintage books with the pinecone on top for another group of five. The magazines are in groups of three and the top shelf has three items displayed. There are some stand-alone items, as well.

Getting Creative

Sometimes you have some tricky areas where you have to get really creative and this hutch is no exception. The bottom part of the open shelving is slanted. At first, I had a hard time figuring out what to do there. But it turned out to be a great place to store my latest magazine issues and show off my signs.

A sweet friend bought the “they broke bread…” sign for me before we moved. I placed it on the slanted part of the hutch and liked it so much I purchased a sign for fall and Christmas to be able to switch out with the seasons!

Sometimes browsing Pinterest or home magazines can help you get some ideas for how to get creative decorating difficult areas.

Styling Your Hutch – Displaying Your China

I have been changing my shelf decor out with seasons and with spring almost here I wanted something completely different. I was blessed to receive this beautiful china from my husband’s grandma several years ago. Now that both of his grandparents have passed, it’s extra special that this was handed down to us.

I had been storing it in the bottom part of the hutch but decided I wanted to display it. After dusting the shelves, I started with the oblong platter and placed it in the center on the second shelf. I placed a plate on either side of the platter and then my Magnolia corbels on either side of the plates to add some vintage flair.

styling your hutch with china

magnolia corbels on hutch

Stack the Deck

I stacked a salad plate, saucer, and cup and placed them in front of each plate. I finished the second shelf off with the matching wine glasses between each setting. You can see where I applied the rule of three even as I styled the shelves with the china.

On the third shelf, I added four dinner plates and then again stacked a salad plate, saucer, and cup to place in front of each plate. On the top shelf, I left the “Welcome” sign and just placed coordinating dishes on either side.


I moved my “they broke bread” sign back over and updated the displayed magazines. Then I went back to the third shelf and added my vintage potato masher in the center to tie in with the vintage corbels and distressed wood frame of the sign.

And Done!

hutch with displaying china

I am thrilled with how it turned out! My hubby and daughter both commented on how much they liked it when I was finished so I’m calling this a win! I don’t know how long I’ll get to keep it this way because my sons like to wrestle and toss the football in the back room and I’m afraid it’s only a matter of time before they break something!


I hope you found some helpful tips for styling your hutch! I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

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