Bookcases, we know what they are supposed to be used for – but I like to stray from convention every once and a while! Here are 6 tips to give your bookcase some wow…
- All of these things are kind of the same:
Group like with like! Group items by shape, design, colors or texture to create an integrated look. Even if your items do not all come from the same collection you will create a unified a sophisticated look.
- Show It Off:
don’t be afraid to put what you’re passionate about on display. Consider your hobbies or interests when creating your space. I always love encouraging my clients to show off the things that give them joy – so display that baseball card or tea cup collection proudly! Items always look better as a collection so mix up the colors, shapes and sizes if you can to add real interest.
- Go Big:
A few small items can get lost on shelf, and no one wants items that just collect dust and don’t add any interest. Instead I like to choose a few large items – like a tall or wide vase, big pieces of pottery and oversized books on art of travel. These items ad interest and can be seen from further away. You can fill in some on the unused space with a few smaller items grouped together to make it more personal.
- Color Block It:
If you are a longtime fan of Roy G Biv (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo & Violet) consider arranging your bookcase by color block! Place all the spines of certain hues together to create your own indoor rainbow to enjoy day in and day out. Have a handful of white or beige? Save them for the bottom shelves or your last open spot. This will give you a finished off look and keep the eye focused on the brighter colors.
- Bring In the Outdoors:
If Mother nature is your muse then think about using local, natural items to decorate your bookcase. Use a large jar or clear vase to hold your seashell collection, repurpose a few balls of natural twine and take to the back yard to see what you might find! I love pairing dried flowers with driftwood and the rocks and shells found while beachcombing. Not only do all the natural elements fit together but I get to revisit some great memories when I look at it.
- Stack It:
use your bookcase for actual books! Instead of placing your books vertically instead stack them horizontally in a mixture of sizes. Show off the spines, mix and match colors and titles, and use varying heights to keep it interesting! I like to use a few of my favorite baubles on the stacks or beside them to add some interest as well.