First lets say that there really isn’t a “magic” formula when you’re styling bookshelves.
There are some basic tips that will help you get it right, though. Simple ideas that will help you while you’re creating your own unique look:
1. Start with a blank slate.
As with any decorating, it’s always best to start with a clean slate.
Place all of your accessory potentials in one spot so that they’re easily accessible and you can “shop” from them while you’re filling the bookshelves.
2. Add books.
If you have plenty of books (or even just a few) that’s a great place to start.
They can be upright, laid down, leaned, stacked, grouped, placed backward or forward, bundled, sorted by colour, and with or without covers – so think outside the box (or book, in this case).
3. Layer, stack, and hang.
Layering and stacking items creates depth, dimension, and visual interest.
Hanging accessories, such as mirrors or art, can add even more depth and yet another layer.
4. Vary heights.
There are times when you’ll intentionally group “like” items on a shelf to make a statement (case in point, the bookshelf at the beginning of this post).
But, other than that scenario, you’ll always want to make sure you vary the heights of your accessories to keep the eye moving and keep things interesting.
5. Consider contrast.
Dark items can sometimes get lost against a dark background, as well as white against white, so keep that in mind when choosing your accessories.
6. Make it meaningful.
Displaying collections, momentos, and photographs in your bookshelves is a great way to keep the things that mean the most to you visible on a daily basis.
7. Come up for air.
Really full shelves can be a “look” if done right, but don’t be afraid to leave breathing space between accessories and allow them to shine.
9. Think outside the shelf.
Do the unexpected by hanging art or a mirror on the outside of bookshelves. This can be a great idea in rooms where wall space is limited, too.
10. Smaller isn’t always better.
Resist the temptation to fill small shelves with tiny accessories. Use fewer, larger, well-placed items for a really great look.
Thank you blog.schneidermans for these super tips!