How to Style a Bookshelf
Image: Coco Lapine Design
As a designer, the biggest request that I get is to help when it comes to styling bookshelves. It can feel like a completely overwhelming task. Where should the books go? Can I display collectables? What about a color scheme? There are plenty of concerns that can arise from this type of project.
The first thing to consider is keeping your color scheme simple and only adding a few specific colors. Above we see white, light wood and grey. With keeping it simple like this, you don’t have to worry about form as much.
Image: Design Elements
If you are dealing with a large bookcase, use some of the shelves for just books and the rest for displaying collectibles and art. Remember, when it comes to the shelves with collectibles, less is more. Limit it to just a few pieces and try to alternate the number of items from shelf to shelf. If there are two items on the top shelf, display three to four items on the next shelf.
Image: Caisa K
The designer of this shelf, above, has done a great job with grouping items and bringing harmony even with displaying a lot of items. It’s another example of keeping the color scheme simple. You can’t go wrong with wood and white. Also, baskets are a great detail to include; they look great and they store what doesn’t need be seen.
Image: Simply Grove
I styled this bookcase for my office. I’m a fan of bringing the outdoors inside, so I displayed a bit of green to keep things fresh. Another idea is to stack magazines (white spines look best), which you can use to set items on or just leave as is.
However you choose to style your shelves, don’t take it too seriously. Have fun and display what’s meaningful for you and your home. What would you put on your shelves?