Rules were meant to be broken and thats exactly what we intend to do with this week’s blog. Who died and made book cases/shelves forever boring, filled with JUST books?
Here are our top 5 tips for creating a brilliant bookshelf:
Tip #1: Break It Up
KNICK KNACKS!!! The use of different chatchkes and storage bins is a great way to break up all your books. Items like small sculptures, clocks, vases, framed photographs and rocks can be perfect for spicing up your boring bookshelf. And don’t forget about the Rule of Thirds!
Tip #2: Add Art
Your bookshelf should express who you are and what better way to do that than with art? The addition of a funky framed graphic or an elaborate mirror is an amazing way to amp up your bookshelf and show who you are as an individual.
Tip #3: Color is Key
This is a newer trend that we’re obsessing over: color coding your books….so cool. While at Market this year, designer Brian Wynn implemented this in some of his spaces. Organizing by color adds such a twist to an ordinary bookshelf. And if thats not your style, sticking to a general color scheme is highly suggested when accessorizing. Also seen at High Point were these amazing hand-bound books by E. Lawrence. Their books are perfect if you’re trying to create a quirky, cool vibe in your shelf.
Tip #4: Obscure Book Orientation
The smallest things can really make a major impact. For example, the orientation in which you set your books on the shelf. An even combination of both vertical and horizontal is perfect for accomplishing an amazing display. Also, a new trend we’re seeing right now is placing the books with the bound end against the wall, exposing the books pages. Cool, huh?
Tip #5: Foliage Is Your Friend
Okay so you don’t have to have as green of a thumb as whoever did this
greenroom bookshelf but a little bit of green is more than welcomed here and there. Filling the space with a small plant will add color and a natural, simplistic look, if that is what you’re going for.
Just a few tips on how to turn your bookshelf from drab to fab! 😉
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