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8 Simple and Brilliant Bookcase Ideas

Bookcases are where we store and display some of our most cherished objects, from favorite books to accumulated collections of family photos. There's no need for your bookcase to be boring or basic. Your book collection can say a lot about your personality, so why shouldn’t your bookshelf do the same? Finding creative ways to display these items can be just as alluring as a work of art and design.


Add a dose of style to your bookcases with these eight simple ideas.


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Paint the Back


Painting the back is an easy way to add a pop of color to your room and make your bookcase stand out. This wow factor will help the accessories take center stage. If you want to play it a bit safer, just paint the back a few hues darker than the paint in your room.


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PaperBack


Like painting, adding a wallpaper, or even wrapping paper to the back of your bookcase, is a great way to add pattern, texture or whimsy to your space.


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Put a Basket on It


Baskets provide a storage solution and bring order and texture to your open shelving.


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Don't Waste Space


Turn unused space into storage by framing a less-frequented doorway with bookshelves and paint it the same color as the walls, to blend in.


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Beauty and the Beast


Just because you need a bookcase for function, such as storing bathroom necessities, doesn't mean it can't be pretty as well. Paint it to match your décor, add ornamental jars, baskets and vases to store and corral items, and fold and stack towels.


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Double Duty


Use a bookcase for more than just display. The addition of fiberboard, legs, and a bookcase can become a study station when you’re tight on space. In an open living area, use a bookcase as both a room divider and book storage.


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A Work of Art


Every beautiful bookcase must incorporate some art work. Art is personal and can tell a lot about who you are. Stand a small-framed print on an easel, lean a large print against the back or you can even hang some framed art or photography off of the bookcase molding itself.


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Create Interest


Books can be stacked vertically, horizontally or both! Remove dust jackets and group books by color. Display special mementos from your life and your travels to create interest, and personalize a bookshelf beyond stacks of books.


What creative ways have you used to decorate a bookshelf to add more style to your home?

12 Ways to Add Sparkle

Images: (Left) West Elm, (Right) Camille Styles

With the holidays just around the corner, we have more reason than ever to add a little sparkle to every corner of our life. Gold adds instant elegance and sophistication to a room, decor, fashion and well, to just about anything. The metallic trend isn't just for the holidays any more, and it only seems to be gaining momentum. Gold can be used as neutral and mixed with so many other colors. I put together a few of my favorite gold finds and some absolutely gorgeous tutorials all to add that extra special something to your style. I will warn you though, once you start the gold hunt, it's really hard to stop.


Gold Sparkle DIYs
Images: (1) Fellow Fellow, (2) Kelli Murray, (3) Eat Sleep Cuddle, (4) Lovely Indeed, (5) Design Love Fest
  1. Brass Tack Bauble Ornaments are a super a super easy DIY to bring a bit of bling to your Holiday decorating.

  2. Make a gold leaf paper mache bowl to stash all of your little knick-knacks or jewelry.

  3. Make a gold leaf note pad for your to-do list, gift list or journals.

  4. Dress up your desk with a gold polka dotted mouse pad.

  5. Keep your phone in elegant style with gold confetti wallpaper.

Gold Sparkle Elements
Images: (6) Momtastic, (7) A Little Bit Jessica, (8) Honestly WTF, (9) I Made This, (10) Stars for Streetlights
  1. Your feet will do the talking with gold sequin shoe clips.

  2. Who says bare ware has to be boring? Gold dipped glasses set a relaxed and cozy tone.

  3. Rockin' a gold leaf faux ring adds instant glam to your hands.

  4. Give the Midas touch to a gold feather embellished headband.

  5. This DIY glitter accent purse is a cool way to add a touch of glam to your handbag.

  6. (Top Left) Dipped gold flatware is a lovely touch of luxe for the table.

  7. (Top Right) A dressed up dresser with quirky gold accents adds a design touch that's unexpected and a little offbeat.

Are you adding some of this new trend to your world? What colors do you like to mix with gold?