We are living deep in the midst of the computer age. In a few clicks you can gain vasts amounts of knowledge on anything and everything. Back in the days of old, we had cookbooks, encyclopedia volumes, novels, and every children's storybook series. Remember that? Well now, you no longer have to flip through a hundred cookbooks to find that special chicken marsala recipe. Just google chicken marsala, and there it is all 40 billion versions of it. Its also kind of sad that the only reason I even go to a bookstore now is for solitude, and a caramel macchiato.
So with the looming extinction of written word, is there still a need for those huge built-in shelving units? Why of course! Book shelves were at one time a necessary functional piece in homes across the country, a place to house the family library. These same shelves can be used to display procured items, collectibles, photographs, well-appointed accessories, and yes even a few books. Just a tip: thrift stores are a great resource for hardcover books they are usually about a dollar a piece.
How do you make your bookshelves from blah to awwwh? Where to place things? How large should the items be, and how many items should you use? Styling bookshelves can be a super daunting, and frustrating decorating task. It can be overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be, just keep the following things in mind:
So just remember that successful styling is all about balance, blending, and editing. Items should be placed intentionally but have a casual haphazard feel. So in other words, careful planning makes the placement seem effortless. Also if you would like to see tons of examples you don't have to go far. Just google "book shelve styling" and 40 billion examples will pop up in a matter of seconds..trust me.
Wife, mother of 2 daughters. Resides in New Hampshire wishes it were Paris. Loves all things creative..