20 Ways To Add Style To Your Bookcase
1. Start with the background.
Add paint, fabric, wallpaper, VJ’s or even get your stencils out!
This stunning bookcase makes a great statement with it’s stencilled background and, as a result, is the aesthetically pleasing focal point of the room.
2. Zig-zag your vignettes.
For example, above, see how the vertical books on either side of the second shelf from the top draw your eyes to the centred vertical books on the next shelf down.
Try to balance out larger pieces too … see how, above, the larger top shelf vase is balanced by the larger pieces on the bottom shelf.
3. Build your display around a colour theme and compliment it with interesting accents.
This beautiful display of blue and white has been warmed up with touches of wood and gold.
4. Create a collection of treasures to give unity to your display.
I love this ‘National Geographic’ inspired theme, above!
Or base your theme around colour AND a collection!
A colourful collection! Such pretty birds!
5. Put your hobbies and passions on display.
6. Add artwork or a mirror.
7. Stack books vertically and horizontally.
8. If you are going for the monochromatic look, add heaps of texture, for interest.
9. Use a stack of books as a platform on which to display a stunning decorative piece.
Or two or three!
10. Fill large or empty spaces with interesting pieces.
Vary heights and place pieces off centre, so your shelf vignettes don’t look too symmetrical or staged.
11. Wanting more texture?
Add something metallic, or rough and raw like these pots above.
Baskets add texture too and may also be used to hide not-so-pretty items!
12. Add depth by layering smaller objects in front of larger objects, using the entire depth of the shelf.
13. Use a variety of objects on each shelf and a variety of textures.
14. Throw in some very sculptural, eye-catching accessories to add variety and create interest.
15. Add a ladder!
16. Add some sparkle … with gold, glass, or silver objects.
17. Group similar items together.
Items that are similar in shape, texture and colour, grouped together, unify your display.
Above, the retro cameras and glass bottle collections work so well together when displayed in groups.
18. Display what you really love.
19. Leave a little bit of breathing room on each shelf.
Avoid overfilling every shelf. Not every section has to be filled to the brim.
20. Be creative!
Who needs a big bookshelf?
This gorgeous mantle bookshelf has everything … height variation, horizontal and vertical books, with some on an angle to create interest, texture, layering, depth, something shiny, pictures in frames, books used as a base to display pretty ornaments.