10 Tips : How To Style Bookshelves

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What do your bookshelves say about you?


I am fascinated with bookshelf styling, and I have been taking note of the bookshelves that catch my attention. You can tell a lot about a person just by the way they style a bookcase. Every trinket and book tells a story, and usually has some personal meaning to the family. Take a look at your bookshelf today. What story does it tell about you? Are there items you would like to add?  Here are some tips to make your bookcases stand out with style.

1. Upfront Frame

Break the rules and display coordinating frames both in and on your bookcase. This bold move adds an element of chic design, but also creates a room that feels lived-in. You can use the same color frame as the ones on the shelf, or mix and match. Whatever feels right to you.
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2. Monochromatic Color Scheme

Group items in similar colors for a simple yet sophisticated look. This collection of white ceramic collectibles works wonderfully against the natural wooden cabinet.
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3. Floor to Ceiling Bookshelves

Create a cozy and inviting atmosphere by filling those bookshelves completely with books. This rustic look suggests a comfortable lived-in farmhouse feel.
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4. Paint The Back Of The Bookcase

Paint the backs of your bookcases. A darker color really showcases the items on the shelf. Notice how the color of these bookcases coordinates with the color palette in the room.
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5. Visual Diary

From Your Travels:  Packing your shelves with an array of worldly items from your travels adds interest and sparks conversation. Bring back a souvenir from each trip and your bookshelf will begin to resemble a visual diary.

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6. Unique and Eclectic

Group your favorite books and knick-knacks together, but avoid overfilling your shelf to create a light and airy display. Make each grouping an interesting stand -alone vignette.  Add family photos, boxes, jars and tins and your favorite decorative bowls. Use plate stands to display items vertically.

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7. Collections

 I love this assortment of face jugs that are quite unique. Do you have any collections?  Vintage cars, clocks, or figurines?
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8. Mix and Match

Fill your bookshelves with art, family portraits, candles, brass accents and favorite collections of pretty bowls and vases. Love that octopus bowl!
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9. House Plants

Add color and dimension with houseplants: Incorporate ferns, succulents, spider plants or your favorite houseplant to your display.  

10. Bookends

There are so many stylish bookends these days. From modern to antique bookends, make a statement on either side of your cherished books.

Whether your style is modern or traditional, apply some of these tips to your own shelves. The main tip is to have fun and display items that have meaning and value to you.   {all photos by Laura Trevey via Bright Bold and Beautiful}
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