Tuesday, July 25, 2017

5 Tips for Styling Bookshelves


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This is week three of the $100 Room Challenge and this is where I tackle my favorite part of the room: the built ins.  

I love love love the look of built ins but styling them can be much harder than you think.  Making the shelves look organized, interesting and functional all at the same time is quite a challenge.  If the shelves were in my office or bedroom I would definitely just be cramming them with my beloved books but for shelves that are in the open, you want to make a statement without overwhelming anyone since that is usually the first thing you see when you enter into a room.  Here are my five simple tips for styling a bookcase.

Tip 1:
Have a clear and consistent color scheme.  You don't have to go crazy and make everything monochrome, but arranging items that are within one or two harmonious colors helps to greatly unify things.




Tip 2:
Layer and stack.  Grouping items in twos or threes give your eye direction when looking at the shelves at a whole.  You do not want to have items the same height grouped together so place vases in two different sizes together or books stacked vertically on one shelf but then horizontally on another shelf.  This adds interest to your shelves and keeps things from looking too uniform.

Tip 3:
Add art where you can.  Pictures of your family, or framed pieces of artwork that you like are great to put behind objects as it adds depths to your shelves.


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Tip 4:
Think about balance.  I like to think of the shelves like scales.  You want to have similar groupings of vases or art or books on one side as well as the other to unify the whole room.  You want to balance both the number and types of items as well as color of the items.  The shelves should be filled in but not feel to overwhelmed with items which leads me to my next tip...

Tip 5:
Edit, edit and edit.  It's easy to try to pack everything you own onto the shelves but you want to highlight the items that you really love and find beautiful or sentimental.  I am the worst when it comes to this because I love to keep everything.  But if it is not something you really cherish, or find beautiful then you can place it somewhere else in your home (I have boxes in the garage that my husband can't wait for me to get rid of!).  

And there it is!  I finally have a place to put the decor and books I have collected through the years.

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6 comments:

  1. I like built-in shelves, too. Your styling tips are helpful. Very pretty!
    Carol ("Mimi") from Home with Mimi

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  2. I agree, styling bookshelves can be tough! But yours look great and I'm inspired to go and freshen mine up a bit!

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    1. It was definitely the most fun part of sprucing up my living room!

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  3. The shelves look beautiful. I was actually looking for bookshelf styling ideas when I was working on my office. Great tips!

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    1. Thank you! And I can't wait to see your reveal!

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