Bookshelves exist to establish a sense of style and tone for your space and home. It can be anything you need it to be. A showcase for memorabilia, storage space for your books and items, a tool to decorate your room in your own likeness, and most importantly, it can be all of those things at once. Based on the objects you choose to adorn it with, the making, material, aesthetic value of the shelf, and where you place it gives each and every bookshelf a unique feel.
Today we will discuss different ways to stylize your bookshelf according to the feel of the room and your own personal style. More importantly, this information helps you find your own ways of decorating and stylizing your bookshelf. Some of these tips are about aesthetics in general, and you can use them anywhere else in your room as well. So let’s take a look at these styling tips!
1. Bookends: Bookends are a decorative support piece to hold books in a row upright without filling up space tightly. There is a myriad of creative and highly decorative bookends available in the market when you look closely. If you find with some conviction, you will definitely find something that resonates with your personal style. Some bookends look like a continuous piece with a break in between where the books are kept. Other types of bookends can be symmetrical pieces to give it a complete look.
2. Play Around with Arrangement: And when we say arrangement, we mean all of everything. You can get creative about arranging the books in vertical stacks and horizontal rows. You could do that in an organized way or make it look abstract; regardless, it beats a dull, monotonous arrangement. You can mix up the arrangement with items of your choice, which we’ll talk about further, but the arrangement aspect can be as random or as organized as you want.
3. Wallpaper or Paint: The back of the bookshelf (if any) is decorative real estate that goes to waste most of the time. By using wallpaper or paint on the back portion of the bookshelf, you can quickly bring out the most of what’s in the front part. This is also an excellent opportunity to add some new texture or color to your room without going for a full-blown job for the entire room. A combination of different colors to add or complement the pre-existing palate of the room is also a great outcome of stylizing your bookshelf like this.
4. Variety of Materials in Decoration: When it comes to the items you decorate with other than books, you can mix it up by adding decorative items from different materials. For example, you can put trophies next to plants; metallic sculptures next to ceramic ones can also use things like mirrors, vases, medallions, etc. Also, stacking objects by size will be a big help to the overall aesthetics of the shelf.
5. Color Block Arrangement: This is a great way to add some flavor to your bookshelf. This tip involves arranging books of a similar color palette together. This way, not only do you have a strong visual appeal, but you also have an excellent code to follow when you’re looking for your books. This tip is constructive for people who have an extensive collection of books.
6. Leave the Top-Shelf for the Biggest Stuff: The decorative items that are too big to fit inside any shelf are perfect for the top of the shelf, where they’re the most visible and impactful aesthetically. This is where you can also keep your favorite books that you want out of reach from everyone else.