Five Ways to Style a Bookshelf
There are so many ways to style a bookshelf. Style is the keyword. Your bookshelf deserves more than an overcrowding of books. Show off your style with these tips.
1. Set Limits
We all choose items for our bookshelves with the best intentions, but it is easy to acquire and add too many things. Crowded and chaotic displays can influence the feel of the whole room, making it seemed cluttered and disorganized. As web designers or magazine editors say, “Leave plenty of white space to allow the eye to rest.”
2. Mix up Book Placement
Arrange the shelves that contain books with a mix of horizontal and vertical book placement. It looks interesting and can help accommodate oddly sized books.
3. Color Coordinate Books or Arrange Books by Size
I felt a little sheepish the first time I tried color coordinating my books, but I loved the end results. I choose two side by side shelves, arranging all books with black covers on one and all books with cream covers on the other. On another shelf I arranged a collection of short story anthologies of approximately the same size and thickness, but in a rainbow of colors. Both arrangements were interesting in different ways.
4. Include Decorative Objects
The best decorative objects for bookshelves are sculptural in design. A sweeping vase, a well balanced bowl or a small stack of lidded boxes can create interest on the bookshelf and set off a plain arrangement of books. One of my favorite decorative objects on my bookshelf is a clear glass container filled with smooth river rocks.
5. Give Artwork Some Props
Prop small frames or other artwork on the shelves for color or hang larger pieces above or between bookshelves. This can look modern while still paying homage to the old English libraries of the past.
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