I have 3 places in my home that I love to style the most. I really like all of it, but if I had to choose 3 it would be:
• Bookcases & Shelves
• Coffee Tables
• Bar Carts
Welcome to Day 5 of our IKEA BILLY bookcase library wall reveal. Today, I’m sharing how I style a bookcase.
Here are 7 tips to make your bookcases appealing.
1. Work large items to small items.
1) I like to place my largest item first. It may be a picture frame like it is here or a vase or accent. I usually place this far right, far left, or centered. 2) Medium sized items, usually books fill in. I like to play with this. Stacking books or lining them up. I do both. 3) Last place smaller items. If books are stacked I like to add something on top.
2. Feature 1 item as an art piece.
These antlers are an example of how featuring one item on a shelf works. Antlers are natural, sculptural, and a little quirky. This really highlights their form and adds interest.
3. Group similar items together.
Groupings have more impact than spreading similar items out. A collection stands out when it is featured together like this collection of mercury glass.
4. Place kid items low.
Since this is our family library, we wanted our kids’ books to be easy to get to. Placing their items low makes them easy to grab. Our 4-year-old loves to sit right here and look at his books.
5. Embrace negative space.
Not every shelf has to be packed full of items. I’ve seen a lot of bookcases just full of a mess of clutter and not the classy kind. Leave some shelf real estate. Here a stationery box is front and center and there is nothing placed next to it or above it.
6. Take sleeves off books or add book covers to paperbacks and label them.
Paperbacks usually don’t have the most appealing spines so I like to cover mine. Here’s some details on how to make book covers. I also like to take the sleeves off my hardbacks that have good spines. Mixing book covered books with the same colors and patterns throughout a bookcase also brings unity to a shelving unit with a lot of books.
7. Step back. Reassess. Edit.
There are always little tweaks to be made. It’s better to see it as a whole and then go back and edit out items or add something else in. I had to do this quite often with four tall bookcases.
Our Pimp My Library Wall Reveal is rolling along and tomorrow we will be sharing our source list.
Here’s a look back at this week’s posts on our IKEA BILLY bookcase library wall:
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