Today I spent the morning styling my bookshelves. I rearranged what I already have, as well as adding other accessories, moving a few things from other rooms. As you know, I’m always moving things around, and I’ve talked to you many times how easy it is to change things up with what you already have. We’ve talked about tables, we’ve talked about lamps….so the idea is the same here with your shelves. Take what you already own and rearrange things, creating vignettes or stories. Try to create something that speaks to you and means something personal. Use items you love and show them off!
Take a look at each image I took, which shows the before and after of each shelve. The changes aren’t necessarily dramatic, but I think they’re more complete. Let me know what you think!
Here’s how they were before I started. They were nice but I felt they need a bit of a refresher, so I moved things around and created more of a story on each shelf while considering the whole shelf at the same time.
The finished left side, which I’m really happy with. The spaces are more filled in which adds visual weight.
Notice how I added the blue and white ginger jars on the bottom to balance out the blues above, as well as punctuate the bottom shelves with darker items.
I arranged objects together that are similar in tone – whites, creams and warm golds. I love the earthiness of this.
My hurricanes that were flanking the TV are now on the middle shelves. I brought them down to add visual height and width to each shelf.
The bottom of bookshelf is anchored with the colors of this display which balances the other side.
That finishes off the left side of the unit. Take a look for the right side pictured below. I used the same basic idea, to ensure there’s balance and symmetry happening.
Here’re the before shot. Again, I felt the shelf needed a little life. If you’re like me and have an unsightly large box on your shelf that you are forced to keep against your will, you can relate to my problem, I’m sure! I’ve learned to pretend it does not exist. Next house will have whatever tech apparatus disguised and concealed where it will never see the light of day!
Here’s the after. My beloved horses have moved up where I can really appreciate them.
Other than the television receiver, which I will speak of no more (by the way the picture frame hides the wires as you can see…sort of), I’m also quite happy with this side. I tried to create similar color stories on both sides for balance.
Notice the triangular shape these objects create. Warm tones and neutrals again. Try to use this as a guide when you can while arranging items. Now, I just need a yellow book for the opposite side!
Here’s another shot of the finished shelf. I think it looks pretty good. if I had more books I would definitely have used them, as they’re fantastic for so many different uses. Take a look at the below pics I found for you. I am sure something will inspire you to get busy rearranging (and maybe even painting) this weekend!
I’m pretty sure you get the idea…there are so many creative ways to dress your shelving. Color, horizontal books as risers, vertical books to fill in space supported by a beautiful vase or object, favorite items grouped by color and/or theme…I could go on forever! I hope this gets you busy this weekend! Have a a fabulous one my friends! xo