Decorating a bookshelf isn’t as easy as just sliding your entire book collection onto its shelves. If you want a well-arranged bookshelf worthy of an interior design magazine, all it takes are a few simple tricks. Here are the best ways to color, organize, and style that plain old bookshelf.
- Draw inspiration. Completely empty your bookshelf to create a blank canvas, and then think about what you like about other bookshelves that you’ve seen. Do you love colorful rows of books or a few antique titles scattered throughout? What type of flowers, plants, and knick-knacks do you want to incorporate into your design? It helps to plan things out beforehand so that you can visualize the final product.
- Sort your books. Since the books are the main focal point of the bookshelf, add them in first. Organize books by size and color to create shelves that flow well. Place some books horizontally and some vertically to create some excitement for the eye.
- Fill in empty spaces. Now that your whole book collection is one the shelves, you can afford to fill unused space with pretty items. A bud vase with a small flower is a great option, and an antique globe makes an attractive addition to a home office. You have some freedom here, but make sure to avoid over-cluttering your now-perfect bookshelf.