Whether built-in or freestanding, bookshelves and bookcases offer endless opportunities to add personal touches to your home decor. While the shelves themselves can add to your modern or traditional decor, the collection of books, objects and keepsakes you choose to place on them can elevate your home’s individual style.
Shelves packed with well read books lend a traditional look of a home library or study, a layered assortment brimming with collectables from around the world offer a well-traveled appearance, while a modest arrangement of objets d’art will provide a contemporary gallery feel.
Showcasing your Library
If you are displaying books on your shelves, you can create different looks with how you exhibit them. Matching leather bound collections give a polished, classic feel. For a more diverse collection, grouping similar color books together can offer a coordinated effect. Create a more dynamic feel by standing some and stacking others.
Not Just for Books
Books aren’t your only option. Many designers opt to integrate a few large art books with a variety of interesting decor pieces. Take a cue from the rest of the room when creating your showcase; pick up on the styles and colors in your room. Use this as an opportunity to expand upon a contrast color.
Stacks of books can be used as a base for other keepsakes you want to display and make a useful way to add more variety in height of the items on your shelves.
No Need to Overfill
While filling every inch of every shelf is an option, too much on display can get overwhelming. Leaving open spaces gives your eyes a place to rest and provides a more refined presentation. Include a variety of objects in different sizes, finishes and shapes. Choose from pieces such as framed photos, bookends with character, decor items, vases, pottery, plants, flowers, clocks, candles and sculptures. And don’t forget to showcase your hobbies, interests and passions –for example a vintage camera or model wooden sailboat. When styling the shelves, play with groupings, positioning and placement. To help with your arranging, employ some of these ideas:
- Curated Collections – group like things together for spectacular results.
- Go Bold – rather than lots of small items, big items offer a bold look, try large art, sizable spheres and voluminous vases.
- Symmetry in arrangements works well in traditional or home office spaces. Create balance by putting similarly sized and shaped items in the same place on each side of the bookcase.