Home Decor

Bookcases – How to Make Them Beautiful and Functional

Most people these days have a home office.  We do and I seem to spend a great portion of my time in there.  Not long ago I took a good, hard look at my office bookcases and the only word I could come up with to describe them was CLUTTERED!  Anyone that knows me knows I hate clutter, so I knew it was time to do something about it.



I was now on a mission.  I boxed up all of the books and photos that I wanted to keep, but didn’t want to display any longer (great advice from a sweet friend).  Once I decided which books, frames and decorative items I wanted to keep it was time to re-style the shelves.  The combinations of placing these items is endless and that can be overwhelming.  I suggest starting out by using the pieces that you love and that have special meaning to you.  Bookcases are a great place to display any collections that you may have.


I like symmetry so that played a big part in the way I styled my shelves.   I wanted to create balance  so that one shelf or one side of a shelf didn’t look heavier than the other.  This will assist in eliminating that cluttered look.


When styling your shelves (or any part of your home for that matter) you want to create visual interest.  For example don’t just display all of your books in a straight line.  Also stack them horizontally and place a décor piece, photo frame or faux plant on top.  Another option is to stack two or three books horizontally and have two or three standing up next to them, then place a décor piece on top of the horizontal books.  One fantastic option for creating visual interest is to paint the back of your book shelves or line them with wall paper or even contact paper if you find a pattern or color that you like.


The décor pieces you choose to use need to compliment each other.  For instance if you’re using photo frames make sure they create a cohesive look.  If they don’t look good together, then repaint or replace them.  I’m about to repaint a few of my frames.  If you have a print or painting that you love place it either at the back of the shelf or hang it on the framing of the shelf.  This is often unexpected and will create visual interest.


The sky is the limit when it comes to styling bookcases.  Just remember to make it interesting, personal,  uncluttered and functional.  Happy styling!







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