Decorating Bookshelves

15 Feb

This has definitely become one of my favorite things to do.   We always collect some sort of knick knack from our travels to remind us of the places we’ve been, and this week I got to open the “bookshelf box” and reminisce a bit.  Similar to our last home, I wanted to fill the bookshelves with books (obvious choice, huh?) as well as our travel tokens.

First, I brought up ALL of the boxes labeled living room, so I could survey what I was in for.  It’s amazing how quickly you can forget what you have!

Next, I took out all of the books and arranged them in piles according to size.  This helps when it’s time to put them on the shelves.

And the last step… Begin placing!  I started with no rhyme or reason…. Just made sure there was a good mix of vertical and horizontal book displays, interspersed with the travel items.  Every once in a while I would take a step back, re-evaluate, move things… But all in all it’s a fun activity with no real rules!

Bottom shelf is empty in hopes that we have more travel plans in the future…. Or in case I find another box buried in the basement 🙂

Now if you’re looking for a little more guidance, House Beautiful has some tips for decorating bookshelves:

Step One
Empty your shelves. Back them with colored paper, or paint the backs a contrasting color. This will help make the objects pop.
Step Two
Sort books by size and subject. Remove and discard any ripped dust jackets (unless you think they might have value). Line books, some vertically, some horizontally, in a rhythmic pattern. This will relieve the monotony of rows.

Step Three
Fill unused spaces with attractive boxes. These will help you (neatly) store everything from photos to computer manuals. The blocks of color will break up the rows of books.
Step Four
Add ceramics and other objects. Place family photos or small works of art against the books to bring the shelves to life.
Step Five
Be daring. Hang a framed picture from the bookcase molding.
Voilà! The finished bookcase — a much more interesting addition to your room.
For more fun bookshelf photos, check out my previous post
The Beauty of Books

One Response to “Decorating Bookshelves”

  1. Domestocrat February 15, 2012 at 8:52 am #

    Looks great!

    We just did practically the exact same thing with our living room make over 🙂

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