How To Style A Bookshelf
Many people get intimidated when trying to style their bookshelf, so here are a few simple design rules to follow: start with books or magazines first; group books, bowls, candles, vases and the like; be sure to vary the heights of your accessories to create visual interest and balance! Also, a shelf styling rule of thumb is to create vignettes in threes. Now that you have the rules, here are 4 tips to try.
#1: Horizontal x Vertical Books. Shelves should start with books, but mix up the way you display them. Try piling them horizontally or flipping the spines to face inward (yes inwards), as well as keeping some standing vertical.
#2: Remember the 1:1 Ratio. For every stack of books, add an object. It could be anything: a candle, brass box, pretty collection of rocks, that awesome “thing” you couldn’t not buy at last month’s flea market. This is the best way to break up the ‘boxy library look’.
#3: Create Curated Character. The more your personality shows in your shelfie, the better! Add black and white photos of your grandparents as strapping, young lads. The quirky things that make you you, give your shelf just as much character!
#4 Add Little Pops of Color. A colorful book, basket, picture frame, or small plant. This creates interest in the bookshelf.