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:
- Empty your shelves, and slowly add books to the shelves. I usually arrange books on alternating shelves and alternating sides, stacking both horizontally and vertically. This is a more interesting arrangement then the traditional placement.
- Next on empty shelves add a few storage boxes, or baskets. Not only are these elements functional they also textural.
- Adding collectibles and accessories is a great way to add a pop of color as well as to fill in any blank spaces. Choose a few larger scaled items (clocks, vases, candles, framed photographs). Items should also be complimentary in color,style, and or maybe a theme- that could be fun. For example a traveled theme (globes, clocks, think Pier One). A coastal theme (large shells, large twine balls, grouping of sea glass in jars) etc.
- Group and layer like items to avoid sparseness , and edit items to avoid overkill. Don't over think it , and have fun with it.
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.