May 19, 2012

bookcase styling

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

*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.

*Here are some great examples....

Dimples & Tangles 

Stylish Bird

Niagara Novice

Flourish Design & Style

Decor Pad

Everything Fab

Brabourne Farm

House of Jade Interiors

Holly Mathis Interiors




coastal living

centsational girl

young house love

the art of doing stuff


cottage & vine

casa sugar

apartment therapy

design sponge

amber interior design

habitually chic

Are you inspired yet?

ciao! fabiana


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

  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!



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