Are you envious of all the beautifully styled bookshelves you see on Instagram and Pinterest? This year I restyled my own bookshelves in my family room so I thought I would walk you through the process. Here are 6 ways to style a bookshelf for the perfect shelfie.
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6 Ways to Style a Bookshelf
When I first moved into this house, I styled the family room bookshelf in a very simple way – just books and magazines stacked neatly, alternating with white and yellow magazines. And I kept it like this for years.
This is because you can see the right side of this bookshelf from the garage entrance of the house (which is the laundry room) and straight through the kitchen. I thought it might look too busy if it was over-styled.
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But this past January, when I took down the Christmas decor, I decided it was time to change up my bookshelves.
And here’s the after:
1. Layer in books or magazines to use as a pedestal for your decor objects
As a good starting point, neatly stacked magazines and books is an easy way to fill your bookshelf as well. If you don’t have the right tchotchkes or decor lined up, you could leave it like this and add in little decor when you find it.
Stacks of magazines and books add height (and even colour) to your decor objects. Plus they are super easy and flexible to work with.
And, if you already have a bookshelf filled with “stuff” the best way to make it look less like knick knacks and more like accessories is to fill in with books and magazines just like this:
2. Add bookends or even a pair of brass Aladdin lamps (like I did on the second shelf)
Bookends help divide and organize your books into sections, especially if you have varying sizes of books. But you don’t have to purchase actual bookends. Smaller decor like these Aladdin lamps works too.
3. Accessorize! Buy similar objects in groups of three
I have curated so many vases and accessories over the years. So, when I restyled my bookshelf they all got to come out of storage. If you have decorative boxes and pretty bowls around your house, this is where you should add them.
4. Organize your books by colour
See how I grouped and coordinated my books and magazines by colour? Lucky for me I have a gazillion coffee table books. And, ever since I became obsessed with colour, I buy every book about colour when I see it. I also love using books for my vignettes and you can often find beautiful coffee table books at thrift shops or on clearance at Homesense.
Organizing your books by colour instantly amplifies your bookshelf style and looks like a designer has been there.
5. Change the colour of your books by covering them with white paper or even wallpaper!
I once styled a bookshelf for two dentists with their textbooks that were bright red and blue. Since those colours did not fit into their colour scheme, I simply turned them around! If you don’t have a bunch of coffee table books like I do, just grab any of your paperbacks or hardcover books around the house and cover them with pretty paper.
6. Add in your board games and puzzles
Since this is the family room, I also added the games we often play and mixed them in with the books based on colour. I think it also adds a playful vibe to your bookshelf.
Here’s the other side of my family room styled with a few fabric and mercury pumpkins for fall. Notice how I am using a few books over here as well to create pedestals for my decor objects. And, of course, my family room is filled with lamps.
As soon as I get home from the island, I will be transforming the house into Christmas! Who is decorating the house for Christmas earlier than ever this year?
There’s never been a better time to bring the spirit of Christmas to our homes early!