Bookcases are a common piece of furniture for many homes. Not only are they functional – as a place to house your much-loved books; they can also be beautiful – as a way to showcase your favorite keepsakes and home decor pieces. A well-styled case can really elevate a space, however, an overly stuffed piece can actually become an eyesore.
These tips will help you spice up your bookcase to give you the inspiration to not only grab your favorite book but to allow the eye to linger a little longer at the visual interest. Here are some decorating tips for your bookcase.
How to Decorate a Bookcase
1. Start with the Books
Books are your base for a beautiful bookcase. You can organize your books by size, shape or color and style them vertically, horizontally or both. You can also consider the types of books to display. Do you want only photo books or well-loved books? Also consider how many books you’d like to display, bookcases filled completely up offer a comfortable lived-in farmhouse feel, while more sparse shelves create a more modern look.
2. Layer in Accessories
Here is where your personality really shines. Bookcase accessories can tell guests a lot about you. Perhaps you’ll add coastal decor from your travels, maybe you’ll fill the space with greenery or you may even stick with mostly books with only a few knick-knacks here and there. Your accessories will not only speak to who you are, they’ll add that little extra flare to the space.
3. Use Objects as Bookends
4. Be Mindful of the Layout
A popular layout for bookcases is the triangle method. This interior designers secret trick helps you to create balance no matter what you add to your bookcases. Place similar items, such as a stack of books, same sized vases or colors so that the eye can bounce back and forth into a triangle shape. The sense of order created by this consistency is pleasing to the eye.
5. Celebrate the Seasons
A bookcase offers the perfect backdrop for celebrating seasons, special events, and holidays. Your seasonal decor will make the bookcase stand out and beautifully integrate with the rest of your home decor.
6. Go Double Duty
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A bookcase can be more than a pretty display! The functionality of this utilitarian piece is limitless. Use a bookcase as an office area, in the bathroom, in a craft room or family room. A sturdy piece of furniture can be modified to best address your needs.
7. Use paint and paper
We love this bookcase where an alternative paint is used on the back wall of the bookcase. You can also use wallpaper and make it you accent wall for the room. This really makes the bookcase stand out and become the focal point of the room. Painting the interior and exterior of your bookcase will allow it to easily coordinate with the rest of the room. To get a cohesive look, you can pull a color from other upholstery to match the bookcase.
A well-designed bookcase complete with your favorite pieces and, of course, books is not only aesthetically pleasing but also a personal representation of you and your home.
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