One of my favorite pieces of furniture is a simple bookshelf. Bookshelves are the perfect opportunity to showcase your style, store keepsakes and everyday items, and add some visual interest to a space. Use my quick tips below for a beautiful bookshelf.
1 - Books, books and more books
Obvious, I know, but books can be truly beautiful. Showcase your favorite reads, encyclopedias and (my favorite) old books with beautifully aged and visually interesting spines and colors. Alternate stacking them vertically and horizontally,
Old books don't need to be expensive, either. I found all of mine from a combination of garage sales and and the Spooner ReStore. A mysterious box in my basement proved to be some mid-1980's scientific volumes - and while I wouldn't classify that as old (of course not, I was born in the mid-80s), they were certainly visually interesting as a group.
2 - Layer your items
If you have deep enough shelves, try layering your books and decor. Lean artwork against the back of the shelves, with other items in front. Place vases or figurines at different depths. Remember not everything needs to be pushed up against the back of the shelf.
3 - Find common threads
So, one day I woke up and realized that I love ceramic animal figurines. Like really love them. In my living room, I have these figurines sprinkled throughout each bookshelf, tying them together. If you don't have a "thing" try using similar colors or textures to keep your designs cohesive.
4 - Green is good
It's always good to bring plants into the picture. When in doubt, put a plant there. BUT, if you're like me you can't keep a plant alive to save your life. It's just not a my gift. The great news for those of you who, like me, once accidentally watered your plant with a bottle of clear soda because you thought it was water, is that IKEA sells some decent fake plants. Super cheap and painless for both you and the actual plant that will now find it's way to a warm and loving home and not your plant cemetery.
5 - Hide the ugly stuff
Not everything on my bookshelves is sunshine and rainbows. On our bottom shelves we let Jackson keep some toys games. Because I'm OCD the chaos of a bunch of stuff just sitting there bothers the snot out of me. Try a mix of baskets and boxes or totes.
At home, I have classic gray and white walls. I used my bookshelves to introduce a bit of color and whimsy to my living room, by using my sweet (and dare I say 'age appropriate') ceramic figurine collection, old books paired with my favorite lazy reads and mine and Jack's ukuleles.