How to Style a Bookshelf Like a Pro
Bookshelves are a super functional way to store and display your items, and they also allow for adding dimension to a space. Here are a few of my favorite tips for styling a bookshelf like a pro:
This is a no-brainer, what is a bookshelf without books? I like to use a mix of vertically and horizontally stacked books. If books are particularly worn, I’ll leave them out of the mix or take off the book cover.
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Using sculptural objects to style your bookshelves are a great way to add variety and different textural elements. You could use candlesticks to serve as a balancing object, small sculptural objects on top of the horizontally stacked books, or as bookends against your vertically stacked books, vases, etc. What material these objects are is up to you and your space’s design, but if you have brass accents in your room for example, you could add brass elements to your bookshelf to keep the design cohesive, or use something with a more rough texture to complement that smoothness.
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Plants bring a wonderful natural element to book shelves, without being too overpowering. Just be mindful of where your bookshelves are located, and how much light they get! That’ll help determine which plants are suitable for your shelves.
Baskets are a great way to add storage, and can also hide items that you don’t necessarily want on display. If you need more texture, you can opt for a woven basket, which will add warmth as well.
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Layering artwork and/or photos is a great way to bring sentimental items into your design. Just be mindful of scale for these items!
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