Are your bookshelves stylish? Do they hold lots of small random items? Maybe they are lacking a cohesive color palette. Is everything lined up in a row or worse, stuffed in wherever things fit? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions…your bookshelves are without a doubt not stylish! Listen, I’m not trying to make you feel bad – really. How ’bout you empty those shelves right now and start over. Here are some easy bookshelf styling tips to get you started. You’re welcome 🙂
1. Choose a color palette
A great way to avoid shelves from looking cluttered and confusing is to have a defined color palette. Pull a main color from the surrounding room. This color could be from a chair, pillow or a rug. Next, choose two accent colors that compliment the main color. Use the main color two or three times on every shelf in the form of decorative items and books. Use items in the two accent colors sparingly. Another way to incorporate the main color is to paint the back of the bookcase with it.
2. Vary scale and height
Arrange your decor in clusters not straight lines. Use items that vary in sizes. Stack books horizontally to elevate your favorite decor items and to add color. Remember that several small items can get lost in a bookcase. Focus on your larger decor.
You don’t want your styling to look one dimensional. Layer decorative items by placing trays, plates, frames or mirrors behind them.
- Thrift stores are great resources for hardback books in the colors your need. Just peek behind the paper sleeve to see what the binding color is. When you find the books your need, simply trash the paper sleeves and stack those books on your shelves! You’ll look super smart too. Unless you choose a bunch or hardback romance novels.
- Have some decor you’d like to use on the bookshelves, but it’s not the right color? Spray paint it! Try a glossy paint or a metallic paint for a little gleam.
- Don’t forget family photos! Black and white photos can add some real interest.