Do you have some blank bookshelves that deserve to be styled?
Or maybe you have some stuff to fill them, but, you need some tips, guidance, and maybe a few more pretty objects?
I’m here to help. ;-)
I recently did some bookshelf styling on a job and thought I’d relate a few of my tips for when you attack your shelves.
I normally don’t think much about what I'm doing when styling, I just plunge in and it’s sort of trial and error. But this time I paid attention to why I was doing things the way I did, so I could relate it to you.
Have a look:
1. Okay, this might seem obvious - use books if you have them. Books are the perfect bookshelf filler! You can do them with or without the covers, with spines facing in or out, covered or not...whatever look works for you. It’s just that so many of us are reading on devices these days that we just don’t own many books anymore. There is nothing more empty feeling than a home without a few books on the shelves. It just doesn’t feel like you moved in. So buy some books by the yard; get some used books at a market, like Round Top; or buy some at a used bookstore. Collect a pretty picture book from each vacation spot you visit. In ten years it’ll be a nice collection to look back and remember your trips. You can also grab some from your parents’ house (they likely have too many) and start decorating!
2. Dig into your kitchen cabinets. Plates and platters make nice accents or backdrops for objects when propped up on a plate stand. Shallow bowls are nice for displaying collected small objects.
3. Use big objects up high and down low. In high, tall shelving — like I had in my showhouse room below — I used large, tall ginger jars as a mass to fill up that space. Books and small things won’t be appreciated up that high from down below, so it needs to be large and impressive.
4. Group objects together to create a mass. Just like I did with the white ginger jars up high, group your objects together so that they relate. Spacing things apart can work if you’re creating a repetitious look with a long, wide shelf, but, generally, a mass or cluster is visually appealing. Check out this modern look with floating shelves from one of my projects. I liked the books stacked on their sides here. And we grouped the bottles together, as well as the urns and sculpture at the top to create a unified look to the grouping.
5. Place small objects on top of stacked books. Laying books on their side and placing smaller objects on top of them gives the object height and importance. Now it can really be seen, and it provides a nice embellishment for the books. I’ve done that in many of the pics above.
Before I go, I’d like to share something for my local readers.
If you have a bookcase in your house that needs some styling, as well as something to style it with, I’m partnering with At Home stores here in The Woodlands to do a $200 giveaway!
Send me a pic of your bookshelf that needs to be styled. I might use some of your own objects and incorporate some new items, or we might just go all in and redo completely. (Btw: If you have books, we might want to use some of those. ;-) We’ll come out and take before pics, as well as get a look at what you have. Then we’ll shop at our local At Home store. We’ll be back in a few days with all the goods to style your shelves. After photographing you can decide what you’d like to keep — up to $200 worth of the items we bring and style for you!
Email me here with a pic of the bookshelves YOU want styled.
Looking forward to seeing your bare shelves! ;-)
Fyi: You must live in The Woodlands, TX area to submit. The winner will be chosen from entries sent on or before August 7, 2016. The winner is purely discretionary, based on how best I think we can accommodate your needs with the time and items we will work with.