In order to love your bookshelves, you may want some tips for decorating them. Bookshelves are, of course, first and foremost a place to store your books. But they can also display other items such as your collectibles, souvenirs and photos. A large shelving unit is often the centerpiece of the room and it can be both functional and decorative. It should express yourself and your tastes.
You can choose to organize your books alphabetically or categorically. But for a decorative look, try arranging them by color. This rainbow array will be visually distinctive. Or if you have books with particularly beautiful covers, turn a few of them frontwards to show off the artwork. Try arranging books in different directions on each shelf – some stacked horizontally and some vertically.
If you have shelves that aren’t full, hold up the end of the row of books with attractive bookends. There are traditional, modern and even natural stone geode bookends available to buy. Coordinate the look of the bookends with your overall décor.
Bookshelves are also a wonderful place to display any collection you might have. Grouping like with like has visual impact – and a numerous collection of anything is fun to look on. Plus, if you’ve gone to the trouble of amassing a collection it deserves to be displayed.
Try displaying photos or even artwork on the shelves for decorative oomph. Family photos or snapshots from travels are excellent pictures to show off. Consider shiny metal or glass frames so the photos stand out from the relative dark of the shelf. Small paintings, statues and vases that are similar in color or theme should be grouped together.
Alternate what you display from shelf to shelf. Or mix items on shelves, with a vase atop a horizontal stack of books, for instance. You can add beauty and functionality by using beautiful baskets, so you don’t lose any of your storage space simply for display purposes.