Looking for an easy way to inject instant style into your abode? Well look no further than the humble bookshelf. Contrary to popular belief, transforming a room doesn’t have to involve bringing in a new sofa, or installing new flooring. Sometimes the most effective change can come from subtle tweaks and modifications. That’s where the bookshelf comes in.
Consider artfully re-arranging your bookshelf to create a stylish focal point. In doing so, you can make your room feel polished and put together, even if it’s actually not! And you’ll have an excuse to jump aboard the #shelfie trend. Read on to find out more.
Start With a Theme
Whether it’s color or style-based, having an overall theme in mind will make it easier to choose complementary pieces to showcase on your bookshelf.
This is one of the secrets that will take your shelf from being a mismatched afterthought to a well-styled focal point.
Begin Styling With Larger Items
When it comes to styling a bookshelf, you’re going to want a mix of larger items and smaller trinkets to create little vignettes between your books.
Placing in the larger items first will give you a general idea of how your shelf will eventually look. These larger items will then form the anchor around which you will style the rest of your shelf.
Add in the Books
Although it’s easy to get carried away with style over function, don’t forget what your bookshelf was originally designed for!
When choosing which books or magazines to display, it’s important to consider how their covers fit with your overall theme. If you’re going for the rustic look for example, try to source vintage-looking aged books with a shabby-chic vibe.
Or for something a little more glam, try incorporating glossy magazines. You may even want to place your books with the spine facing inwards if you’re struggling to create a collection that is aesthetically cohesive.
To take your bookshelf game to the next level, mix up the placement of your books. Try stacking some horizontally and others vertically for instance. Or for one shelf, align the books centrally, and for another, arrange your collection to the side.
Think Beyond Books
Once you have the books in, it’s time to get creative with your other treasured trinkets and ornaments.
Small decorative items which are in keeping with your theme are key here. To create visual interest, play around with their arrangements. You may want to cluster some pieces together on top of a pretty box or tray for instance, or even a stack of books. This will also help to bring some height to your shelf – a must for drawing in the eye.
For an effortlessly natural, lived-in look, make sure to variously overlap some of your decorative items, and place others at a slight angle. Lastly, when grouping items together, always remember that objects look better when styled in a group of three.
Finish with Greenery
When in doubt, always add in some greenery.
Be it sunshine florals, jungalow greens or bohemian succulents, plants and flowers work to give life to your shelves, making them the perfect mood-boosting finishing touch.