Sunday, June 21, 2009

How to Decorate Book Shelves

Book shelves are for books right?
Yes ---but if you want it to look and feel "COZY"

You want to add a few other accessories.


These two photos from Better Homes and Gardens are great examples of adding that little extra:

Framed Pictures
Vases
Notice how some of the books are upright and some are
laid down flat and stacked up.
Pots
Boxes
Plates
See how they are interspersed between the books.

 
See a few figurines, a basket (adds great texture) and some frames.
Some books are standing open on the bottom.

Notice the different heights.

 
These shelves have a clock and a box with the books.



Here is a little collection of china on one shelf ---
See the different heights and the odd numbers.


This shelf highlights a couple of matching pottery pieces along with some books.

Frames
Little pot of flowers (natural element)
Wooden box



Put a few items that you LOVE along with the books and they will stand out-

You will be showcasing those few pieces ---
and it will feel good to be surrounded with items that mean something to you.

 
You can display hardbound books with the
dustcovers off and it gives your space a more
classic library feel.

Notice how the little pot of flowers really livens up the space!



It is also nice to add round elements to the mix --
See how good the plates work.



When you have dark shelves it is good to place a few
light colored pieces ---
They will really stand out.

So remember . . . if you want to have a "COZY" Book Shelf
Add something more than Books!

Look at your book shelves this week and see what you can do to spruce them up a bit.

Have fun!

5 Comments:

  1. Nancy said...
    Thanks...I love your suggestions. I have a standing bookshelf that I have trouble with. Now I have some ideas...thank you!

    Nancy
    Alexis Olson said...
    Great ideas! Thanks for the post.
    Claudia@DipityRoad said...
    great ideas for book shelving.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting.

    We are pretty close to one another, I live in Lehi and work in Draper.

    TTFN~~Claudia
    Teak said...
    Great suggestions
    i have some old furniture
    which i will have to fix them
    after reading your excellent suggestions
    Teak Wood Sofa
    Bonnie said...
    We have a lot of the same church books..another thing we have in common! Awesome!

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