The built in bookcases that we had made for our home are one of my favorite updates to the house. The addition of the bookcases puts the heart of our home into our family room and is functional as well as beautiful. Styling these massive bookcases was an intimidating task that I know a lot of people struggle with! Today on the blog we are going to go through some tips on how to style your bookcases. You can do this!
When in doubt more is better
One of the biggest mistakes I see people make when styling their bookcases is that their bookcases look barren. I think this can happen when people are not sure what to put on their bookcases but a good rule of thumb is “when in doubt more is better” when it comes to adding items to a bookcase. No one wants a bookcase that looks like they just moved in and haven’t had time to unpack the boxes.😊
When in doubt larger is better
Similar to the first point you don’t want to add a small piece that stands alone on a bookshelf (and are not anchored by a larger piece). Smaller pieces are completely fine to add when creating layers but if placed as a standalone piece it will be overwhelmed by the massiveness of the bookcase and look out of place.
Create layers of interest
To make a bookcase go from good to great you are going to want to add layers of interest. This can be done by adding picture frames, candles, or dried flower arrangements in front of books. By adding layers you are creating visual interest and appeal to the person looking at the bookcases. This is what creates a cozy room that feels like home!
Use different mediums
Try using several different textured and different kinds of objects in a bookcase to create visual interest and appeal. On my bookcases I use family heirlooms (such as the clock), dried flower arrangements, artwork, picture frames, and candles. This also gives the bookcases and room a cozy feel.
Think about function
Our family room is the heart of our home where everyone is most days so I needed to add some functional items as well. On the bottom shelf I added baskets to store the kids games and puzzles in a visually appealing way. The second to last shelf holds children’s picture books so the kids could reach them on their own.
Hopefully you have some tools to attempt those intimidating bookcase shelves now and the confidence to create a beautiful and cozy addition to your home!