The bookcase. It’s functional by maximizing space and aesthetically pleasing by adding height to balance out a room. The bookcase is also not just for books. It is a wonderful place to add treasures that personalize your space. Here are some tips on how to style a bookcase.

Built-in Bookcases

Built-in Bookcases

A Clean Start
Remove all items from your shelves. Store or donate unsightly paperback books.

The study below is a beautiful example of how bookcases help maximize a space, while adding height for overall balance.

Stylish Study Bookcases

Stylish Study Bookcases

Add a Splash of Color
For visual interest, back your shelves with a contrasting wallpaper print or colorful paint. This gorgeous bookcase below is backed with Schumacher’s Imperial Trellis by Kelly Wearstler in Charcoal.

Bookcases with Wallpaper

Bookcases with Wallpaper

Some Up and Some Down

Books can be wonderful home accessories, so showcase the most beautiful ones in your collection. Arrange the books by size, subject and color. Create a rhythmic pattern by placing books vertically as well as horizontally. Horizontal books can also act as bookends. I love how the books and accessories are arranged in the built-in bookshelf below.

Bookcases with Accessories

Bookcases with Accessories

Make it Pretty
Adding objects such as shapely ceramics, decorative boxes, small sculptures, family photos and original artwork makes your bookcase more visually interesting and personal. When selecting objects, be aware of the scale and color. Objects shouldn’t blend in or get lost on the shelves. Below is an example of beautiful bookcases flanking a fireplace that showcase more decorative objects than books. It makes me think that “bookless” bookshelves may show up more often as people go high tech and move to the Kindle or iPad to read books.

Bookcases with Decorative Objects

Bookcases with Decorative Objects

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