Have your bookshelves become an eyesore rather than the important design element they should be? Bookshelves often end up becoming a catch-all for unrelated objects. With a little bit of planning and the creative use of accessories they can become an important design feature. Here are some tips for how to arrange bookshelves.
– If you have matched sets of books then put them together on the lower shelves, stacked side by side, to create a solid foundation. If you do not have matched sets, then group books of similar size together on the bottom shelf.
– On the middle shelves arrange groupings that include accessories and books. The accessories could include a small piece of art on an easel, decorative plates or bowls, candles, statues or other collectables.
– For added interest make sure each grouping includes a variety of heights. Lay a couple of small books down on their side, next to a tall vase or candle holder. Also try to include a variety of shapes.
– Add color with candles or plants to your groupings. Include a variety of textures including wood and glass and metal all in one grouping.
– If you have oversized books too tall for the shelf they can be placed flat with other books stacked on top of them.
– All of the books should be brought to the front edge of the shelf for a neat, uniformed look.
– It is usually a good idea to remove the dust jackets and display the books binding.
– Use the top one or two shelves to display art or other accent pieces. This will help create a balanced display.
An organized and balanced arrangement can make your bookshelves a beautiful design element. Keep them feeling fresh by using seasonal items as part of the presentation. Click here to see ideas for decorating with accessories.