Today I am sharing with you all my Five Easy Steps to a Beautiful Bookshelf. Decorating bookshelves is really easier than you think, as an example, I am going to break down exactly what I did for the bookshelf unit in my office, but these steps can be applied to any bookshelf.
Step 1- Alternate groupings of books- for me, books are the most essential ingredient for a beautiful bookshelf…books look great and keep your shelves from looking like an accessory shop! I like to stagger and alternate the groupings of books so they don’t wind up all on the same side. (In this shelf I am using “backwards books” for a more unified look- but any books will do!) Click HERE for a post I wrote all about the “backwards book trend”.
Step 2- Add a few large horizontal books- I like to use large horizontal books as risers for larger accessories, also placing books horizontally breaks up all the vertical books.
Step 3- Add greenery- add a little “life” (literally) to your bookshelves with a few small houseplants/potted plants. These can be real or faux but they will give your shelves a pop of color and help break up all the books. I like to add a few pots of greenery and alternate the placement.
Step 4- Add framed art or photos- not every shelf needs books (though I think that the majority of your shelves should have books) why not display a small piece of framed art or favorite framed family photo, it will add a personal touch to your shelves.
Step 5- Add accessories- the last thing I add are accessories and collectibles. Shelves are a great spot to display a collection of items, or souvenirs from favorite trips, or any grouping of pretty items. Try to use accessories that “play well” with one another, or complement each other.
-Choose items that are similar in color and style- for my office bookshelves, everything I used was either black, white, natural or clear glass. Also, everything had a somewhat “coastal” style- hurricanes, coral, etc…
-If you have open shelves with no cabinet doors, use natural baskets for attractive storage.
-Add a little “sparkle” to your shelves with metallic items in silver or gold and use some glass items.
I really hope these tips help you when decorating your own bookshelves. Wishing everyone a wonderful week!