Bookcases aren’t just for books anymore. With so many opportunities to customize, no two bookcases are the same. Use bookcases to display family portraits, artwork and décor, to name a few. Don't be afraid to be creative!
Create interesting lines
Break up a monotonous line of horizontally shelved books by intermixing some vertical stacks. Doing so creates interesting lines that are pleasant to the eye while also opening up space for more of your favorite titles. And who doesn’t love adding to their book collections!
Form color blocks
Much like an abstract painting, collect books of like colors together and strategically place them to create a piece of artwork. Play around with the different hues and patterns when styling. For those book spines that may not exactly fit into your color scheme, flip them around so paper edges are visible. Not only does that create a unique, minimalistic appearance, it becomes easier to create a blocking effect.
Intermingle mediums and materials
Don’t be afraid to play around with different materials and shapes. To break up the hard, straight lines of books and shelves, add a rounded planter with a cascading plant to draw the eye in a dreamy way. For a touch of texture, place an embossed vase as a makeshift bookend. To make the display utterly you, include some photographs you’ve taken that you're proud of, or a family portrait. These small details can revamp your bookshelf in a stylish and functional way.
Hide the Clutter
Bookshelves can be traps for clutter. Utilize baskets and other storage solutions as a way to camouflage those items that aren't aesthetically pleasing. With so many sizes and shapes of storage options to choose from, easily hide those pesky spare cords or miscellaneous pieces of paper floating around. Besides, who doesn’t like some versatility and functionality?
Use these tips for your bookshelf redesigning project, and most importantly, have fun!