I think I may have done a post about this way back when forgive me if so. I am working with a couple of clients that need a little styling help with their bookcases so I thought I would do a little post about styling.There is nothing like a well styled bookcase filled with books, accessories, collectibles, and photos that add layers and uniqueness to a space. Seek out well-loved accessories with a story behind them on Craigslist or eBay, and at flea markets or antique stores. If you have a collection, show it off! All of that history and personality will add to your home's character.
If you remember in one of my previous posts we were debating which shelving unit to purchase for one of my clients here http://roughluxeperspective.blogspot.com/2013_07_01_archive.html We ended up purchasing the Restoration Hardware version and now it is time to “style” it.
#1 First and Foremost add Books!
Bookcases without books look…well naked…For this look of course old leather-bound books are the best. You can find them at any flea market,antique shop or second hand store. I have to say I am not a big fan of the current trend of tearing off the covers of books so they all look the same. It turns them into skeletons.
via Providence Ltd.
Vary the way books are stacked and displayed for interest.
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#2 Add Some Natural Elements
I always like to add some natural elements into the mix. Coral is always great because it comes in so many different textures and colors. I don’t think one has to have a beach house or “beachy” look to pull this off.
#3 Vary the sizes and shapes of the objects
via jill hinson
#4 Add items that reflect your own personality
Include items from your travels, small pictures or paintngs, or photographs that hold particular meaning for you.
#5 (perhaps the most important) Hide the Uglies!
There are so many great baskets and boxes available there is no need to have toys, remotes, or other essentials on display
dan marty via World of Interiors
#6 Add some antique and vintage items for character
Look for well loved accessories with a story behind them. If you have a collection, display it! All of that history and will add another layer of interest to your bookcase.
The bookcases at our lake house have a mixture of elements, old and new baskets, coral, vintage bowling pins, and new baskets to house magazines, books and games that aren’t very pretty to look at.
This bookcase by Beth Webb is on of my all-time favorites. It is beatifully styled but not “overstyled”. It looks like they might actually use the things on the bookcase if you know what I mean?
In my next post I will give you some ideas and inspiration for styling bookcases with a more transitional/traditional look.