Lean artwork along the back of the shelves and anchor them with books or heavier objects. Now lets decorate a bookshelf.
Books in this bookshelf would be very distracting in my bookshelf and way too busy.
How to decorate a bookshelf without books. At the end of the day bookshelf decor is pretty easy to take down and redo unlike a major remodeling project. Add some decorative panels to the back of your bookshelf. Measure the spaces between the shelves of your bookcase and cut pieces of cardboard or foamboard to fit using a craft knife.
We may earn commission on some of the items you choose to buy. Book shelves are meant for books the sort you read otherwise they are just decorative items. Try adding items outside of books and paper.
Create depth by installing mirrors at the back of the shelves. Consider this formula bookshelf styling 101. There is plenty of light flooding into this bedroom with an incredible view perfect for reading.
The only exceptions I make to that rule are allowing a space for a clip light to assist in reading said books and place to put my glasses if the shelf is near someplace I am likely to sleep. Wicker baskets smooth boxes or textured pottery are all different ways to do this. But sometimes they can look a littlemeh.
Heres how to decorate a bookshelf and your bookcases as a whole. We prefer to use coffee table books here because they have a larger surface area but regular-size books can work as well. To decorate the bookcase place a few small pieces of art near the front of the shelves to give them depth.
10 Tips for Creating a Serene Space. Bookshelves can be tricky to decorate. In the image above you can see how I applied the principles that Im going to share with you to my entertainment center.
Provided its not in use the fireplace is an excellent place to store and show off an excess of books. 31 Cool and Sophisticated Boys Bedroom Ideas. Bookshelf and a view.
Try books in a pyramid shape Rely on a mix of interesting shapes textures and materials such as leather wicker. Buy mirrors the right size to place as backdrops on the shelves. The easiest way to install it is to cut pieces of foam core so that they fit snuggly between the shelves then glue the paper to the foam core instead of directly to the back of the shelf.
But it creates a very unique and eye-catch. You can simply slide the papered foam core into place and easily remove it if you decide later that you want a change. The open shelves in my homey breakfast room are a focal point where the decor on the open shelves gets changed several times each year so theyll make a great example to use today.
Stack anywhere from three to six books horizontally then top them with accentsanything from art to small objets to vases to picture frames. Steer clear of a traditional bookshelf and go for something like this one which has an industrial vibe. You can pack books into the firebox stack them on the hearth or even turn the mantel into a single-row bookshelf.
Take advantage of its prime placement in the room to fashion a statement-making focal point. This House Is a Lesson in Universal Design. While there is something aesthetically pleasing about an entire wall just of books I meanhello there sometimes you just want to snazz things up a bit.
Funny a bookcase that is not really used for books. We love our bookcasesthey hold our most favoritest precious things. Imagine living room shelves as display space for your favorite books photographs and family heirlooms.
Have fun with it. Itll give you space to add more decor pieces and other elements like storage baskets turning the piece of furniture into much more than just a bookshelf. Use hot glue or silicone to hold them in place.
My family room is very neutral and has a relaxed refined farmhouse feel. To help keep your books preserved make sure they are out of direct sunlight. Spray the cardboard with some spray-on adhesive and cover it with a piece of colorful fabric.
Today lets talk about styling bookshelves without using books. Bulky vases or decorative plates can hide their heft behind small frames without losing their uniqueness. The Inside Launches Holiday and Tabletop Lines.
To create this simple yet classic look the above bookcase cost roughly 450 to build but costs will vary depending on the species of wood sizing and any custom detailing. Every item on this page was curated by an ELLE Decor editor. Mirrors make the area look bigger by reflecting the space so try this option instead of painting or fabric if your bookshelves are in a smaller room.
Style your books in piles on their backs rather than side-by-side for a different look. Upright books horizontal books small decorative object This is one of my simplest shelf styling formulas and one I use all of the time including on the shelf above the TV in this bookcase. This bookshelf video is how to decorate a bookshelf with very few books.
You simply stand about 4-6 books upright on the end then lay 1-2 books down right next to them and put a small decorative accessory on top. Use vertical stacks to buttress horizontal ones or to hold small objects.