I have to admit – it always scared me that I might do the styling the wrong way, but as I started to understand the whole story telling fun part about decorating bookcases, it all started becoming more than a mere pleasure.
Knowing the basics about styling and having a few pro tips at hand is always the best thing to do but nevertheless, doing entirely your own thing is even better. Its like giving yourself some space and a little freedom to your mind to think and imagine the way you want to do it. Just go ahead – create your own story; and then tell it!
However, I thought it would be good enough to list out a few old-school tips of styling. Though they have been tried and tested like a zillion times but then again, going back to the basics still helps if you want to go your own way, be creative and think out of the box. Because this whole decorating and styling a bookcase is more like a chess game – its totally different every time you play it because everyone has a different selection of books, different kind of taste in accessories, different style of putting things together and – an entirely different story to share!
Arrange the books – in a evenly scattered manner, placed both vertically and horizontally across the bookcase. Mix them up using a few horizontal ones as bookends for vertical ones.
Select the best pieces in accessories – that are closer to your heart. That have inspired you in any way or have a sweet memory attached to them. Arrange them individually or in small groups across the whole shelf. Take some time to arrange them in a way that looks the best and means the most to you.
Create small groups – of books or accessories or artwork at different visual angles across the whole bookcase. For instance, a few books with pretty spines to the left on the top shelve can interest your eye to move to the right in the middle shelve to some artwork of the same color maybe.
Mix up the elements – adding things from different beautiful elements of nature that we have around us; a little wooden box, a glass vase, a handmade ceramic piece with great visual texture. Create interest in the whole look by adding things of different color, texture, size and make and mix them up till they look fine from a distance.
Pop up some colors – if you may; for they will work as that unexpected fun character that shows up out of nowhere and gives a new interesting turn to the story!
Keep a balance – in what you put in there. A lot of books (though they meant to be there) or a lot of accessories of the same kind will lose the charm of a complete balanced arrangement. Don’t over stuff every thing with a lot of things; instead leave some vacant spaces visual breathing.
Put a new life in it – by adding a couple of great photographs that make you smile every time you look at them and not to mention a cute little houseplant or a vase of flowers can make every thing look happier and prettier. Even a quote; I dare say, can be as alive as anything if it brings a smile on your face or gives your thoughts some food for a while…
Be happy – with what you’ve done! There is nothing like being happy with what you’ve learnt along the way and what great ideas and imaginations are coming to you. There is no limit to how beautifully and artistically you can arrange your bookshelves again and again. They are a perfect reflection of your taste and life, and can be designed with love as many times as you want.