5 Pro Tips for Styling Bookshelves

Bookshelves are functional, but they’re also an opportunity for display and can enhance the design of a space. Here are our tips and inspiration for styling your bookshelves like a pro.

1. Mix in natural items & plants

Incorporating organic items is a great way to add color, texture and soften the overall look. Try a piece of coral or sea sponge, potted plants or even a glass bowl filled with river rocks.

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2. Group books by spine color

This makes for  a color blocking effect and creates the illusion of being more organized.

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3. Showcase artwork & sculptural objects

Prop small pieces on a stack of horizontal books or layer taller framed pieces of art behind smaller, sculptural objects.

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4. Embrace baskets & boxes

This is a great way to organize a collection of small items that you don’t want to display. Fiber baskets provide a natural feeling and stacking boxes can range from solid, sophisticated colors to fun patterns and bright colors.

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5. Vary the book placement

Divide your book collection among several shelves and play with having them rest vertically, leaning sideways and laying stacked horizontally.

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