Most of us have been there and done that, the DIY your bookshelf with fancy decoration but this blog is more focused on ideas with books. If you’ve ever been faced with an empty bookshelf and decorative pieces just don’t know where to put, you know it won’t be an easy task. Styling the perfect bookshelf is a mix of art and science — so to speak. One requires for you to think about not only what it will look like but also how it should function. Follow along the blog and be smitten by the ideas we’ve listed under!
The Horizontal Effect
Vertically lined-up books are already the default style for library shelves, and for good reason: It makes looking for and pulling out books quick and easy. But for books that are meant to be decorative rather than continually reached for, try switching things up with horizontal stacks. They’ll add an extra layer of texture and interest to your space, especially when mixed in with vertical rows.
We know, most of you must have OCD, could be for letters, or the names, or just fans of visual order are certain to love this decorating move. And the variations are seemingly endless: You can arrange books in a rainbow pattern, group books in blocks of colour, choose all one hue, or go with neutrals. We recommend playing around with a few options to see what best fits in your space.
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The Anarchy of Chaos
Envision your favourite library or bookstore. The shelves are likely stuffed to the brim. Try to micmic the charm of your favourite old-school space by overcrowding your shelves in the best way: Wedge books in empty crannies, stack tomes on top of the shelf, or place overflow piles on the floor.
Plants and Pots
Brighten up your shelves by incorporating a few potted plants. Flowering blooms, overgrown ivy, feathery ferns: Flora of all shapes, sizes, and varieties are perfect for perking up shelves filled with books and accents.
Those short on cabinet space can take to bookshelves to store plus show off) a little bit all your kitchen and dining wares. We recommend placing more-utilitarian pieces in closed cabinetry, then giving your favourites pride of place on open shelves, either mixed with books or on their own. Great candidates include collections of glassware, silver, china, or sculptural vases.
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Not only its a popular shortcut on Desktop but can be implemented on your bookshelf. Consider this formula bookshelf styling 101. Stack anywhere from three to six books horizontally, then top them with accents anything from art to small objets to vases to picture frames. We prefer to use coffee table books here because they have a larger surface area, but regular-size books can work as well.
The Vintage Collection
There’s nothing like vintage books to add a sense of history to your shelves, and we especially love how collections of old volumes bring home that inviting library feel. Look for vintage encyclopaedias, series, reference books, or a set of luxurious leather-bound novels to foster Old World charm.
Art and Accents
Take cues from this decorator-favourite move and hang artwork or other wall decor in front of your bookshelf. We love the statement-making look of the oversize piece here, but smaller works can make just as lovely an impact, as can works hung in multiples just be sure you won’t be reaching for the books behind them very often. Sconces, also seen here, are a clever addition to built-in, turning your library into the ultimate reading nook.
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