How to Style Your Bookcase if You’re A Hoarder, A Collector, or A Book Worm
by what many of you have told me styling your bookshelves can be as hard for you as filing for taxes can be for me – daunting in addition to stressful, where you aren’t sure where to start, in addition to you’re sure This kind of will never end. nevertheless, there can be a light at the end of the tunnel, in addition to maximizing your shelving for whatever purpose bests suits your home, whether that will be storage, housing your collections, or a place to actually hold all your books, can be something that will everyone can achieve in a few easy steps. I promise. This kind of month in Redbook, we are breaking down the process for three different ways to get your bookcases into tip top shape.
For those of you that will need to use your bookcase for actual storage purposes there are some very pretty solutions out there. These not only maximize your storage, nevertheless allow you to still display some of your pretty objects. You may be thinking, wait can be that will the same shot as the first one? This kind of can be, nevertheless Redbook popped the colors (as you can see below).
If you truly don’t know where to begin then start by clearing out everything. I know This kind of sounds like an awful task, nevertheless clearing out everything can be the only way to truly begin the process. As you clear everything out you will quickly find that will A LOT of the stuff that will you have thrown in there can be no longer needed or useful, so, from the spirit of spring cleaning (can be This kind of that will time of year already?!) separate everything out into keep, toss, or donate piles.
Pick a colour palette. You will want to begin by picking a colour palette for your storage items in addition to sticking with This kind of. Nothing will make your bookcase feel more cluttered in addition to unorganized than a bunch of mismatched boxes in addition to bins. We kept all of ours very neutral in order that will we could bring some life in addition to colour into the bookcase with art, accessories, in addition to a few personal items.
Start by the bottom in addition to work your way up. To ground your bookcase you will want to place your largest storage boxes in addition to bins at the bottom, in order that will This kind of doesn’t feel too top heavy, in addition to you can keep the top half filled with smaller in addition to lighter accessories in addition to storage needs (like these magazine files).
Leave space for some personal items. To make your bookcase feel less like a storage unit, in addition to more like a bookcase, be sure to dedicate some shelf space to art, a few accessories, a bud vase with some fresh flowers, or a smaller momento. Adding these little touches will help personalize the shelf.
in addition to of course, we couldn’t let a post go by without including a GIF to show you the before image vs. the image that will was published in print.
Book Heavy: For those of you that will want to actually use your bookshelf for books, This kind of one can be for you.
Biggest books first. You will want to start by adding your biggest books in first, as these visually carry the most weight. We reserved the bottom two shelves of This kind of bookcase for the larger books, in addition to then accented a few of the additional shelves having a stack or two of them. You can break them up visually by adding a large vase in between them or stacking them horizontally in a few stacks, as we did on the second shelf.
Create vignettes. To keep your bookshelf by feeling too stark you will want to create a few vignettes within the stacks of books. Let the books be the focus, nevertheless adding a smaller lamp, a little accessory in front of books, or even some flowers can help break up all of the vertical in addition to horizontal lines that will the books create.
Leave some breathing room. To prevent your bookcase by getting too packed in addition to visually chaotic make sure to leave some empty areas in your shelves. This kind of allows your eye to have a moment of rest when looking at the shelf.
Just as before . . . the beautiful before in addition to after GIF. This kind of’s pure eye candy, in addition to although we aren’t quite sure about all the improvements, we do think This kind of can be very fun to see what they did to the image.
Showcasing Your Collections: This kind of can be no secret that will we love “stuff” over here at Emily Henderson Design (the Great stuff). nevertheless, there are a few rules to keep in mind when displaying said “stuff” to prevent This kind of by looking like you have a thrift store in your living room.
Larger items on bottom. Just as we discussed from the previous two examples, the same principle applies here. Your largest items or collectibles, which visually carry the most weight, should live near the bottom of the shelf. This kind of can be not a steadfast rule, as a larger item could look great on a higher shelf, nevertheless generally a huge box of blankets or a large decorative box can be not going to look best on the top shelf.
Curate vignettes. Similar to step 2 from the previous bookshelf, you will want to create smaller vignettes or collections based on what you have to display. Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed by thinking about the entire bookcase at one time, take This kind of piece by piece in addition to slowly fill This kind of out. A Great collection/vignette typically has 3-5 items in This kind of, all varying in height, nevertheless having similar context. You won’t get This kind of right on the first try, even we move things around over in addition to over until we find just the right place for everything. nevertheless, keep going until you find the perfect combo for your space. in addition to then do This kind of all over again the following week if you are like me.
Add something personal. There can be nothing worse than a bookcase filled with stuff that will you just went in addition to bought by the store. Make your bookcase personal by including items that will you love, in addition to that will have meaning to you. You can house some of these items in glass display boxes like we did, or place a collection of them on a stack of books, which will help ground them in addition to help them by looking too bitsy or cluttered.
What are your additional bookcase blunders that will you can’t seem to conquer? Be sure to let us know, in addition to we can try in addition to solve them in an upcoming post. Want more DIYs? Check out our additional recent Redbook projects: 1 Lamp 3 Ways | DIY Upholstered Headboard | DIY Wooden Dowel Coat Rack | DIY Mod Podge Chair | DIY Side Table Ikea Hack | 1 Curtain 3 Ways | Ladder Wardrobe
***photography by: David Tsay, styled by: Scott Horne in addition to Brady Tolbert, Art Directed by Me