May 19, 2012

bookcase styling

A well-styled bookcase can make all the difference in a room, and will usually be the focal point.  Do you have a bookcase that is waiting for a special makeover?  Here are some great design tips from House Beautiful and HGTV. 

One of my favorite looks.  This one is by Emily Henderson

*Have a clean start.  Remove everything from the shelves.  Discard or pack away any damaged books.


*Decide whether or not you would like to add a special backing to your bookcase.  The bookcase itself can be a backdrop with paint, fabric or wallpaper.   


*To book or not to book.  Do you want all books, some books or no books?  Experiment with different ways to stack books...some vertically, some horizontally in a pleasing pattern.  Horizontal books can act as bookends. 

*Think about the color of your books.  Do you want to sort them by color or have a specific color palette of only certain colors?

*Personalize the space.  Add a favorite collection, a few shapely vases, decorative boxes or baskets & family photos.  This makes the display more interesting to others and more enjoyable for you.  You don't have to include all these choices.  Edit out things that don't fit in.

*Group items by theme, texture, color or shape.  Groupings in odd numbers work best, and set them off-center.

*Vary the height of your objects, and don't line things up all in a neat row.  

*Use a few stacked books as a pedestal for a special object.

*Go big and bold.  Small items get lost in the overall look.  

*Adding a small painting is a fun option.

*Add a little sparkle with some glass or silver. A small mirror propped up does the trick too.  

*Don't over clutter.  Keep in mind the open space around your objects.

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Are you inspired yet?

ciao! Fabiana

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2 comments:

  1. what great pictures and inspiration! i'm always afraid of looking too cluttered.

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  2. Thanks for posting all these great shots. I need to rework two bookcases, and I get hung up doing the same old things. I need a little inspiration! Thanks for stopping by Quirky Vistas and following. I'm now your newest follower!

    Liz

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