Our built-in bookcases were in desperate need of a refresh. Not a complete overhaul, but a quick little clean up for the season. I love styling shelving units with items new and old. Books are always a great option and it’s a good idea to sprinkle in some collected goodies that you adore and that add interest. Here’s a few things to consider when styling your bookcase:
- Colour palette,
- Theme or overall direction,
- Scale of objects,
- Repetition and relationship,
- Number of objects,
- Negative space,
- THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX
This is not a complete list of what to include in your bookshelf or how to place objects but it should give you an idea of how to get started. If you have any questions feel free to shoot me an email or comment below.
Keep in mind that I totally shopped my house to restyle these shelves. I wish I could just hop on over to Homesense or wherever to gather up some new goodies but that will just have to wait. Next season, perhaps…;)
The first two shots are my shelves for the last little while, to me they have become stale and sort of a gathering place for items I just kind of threw there…wa wa wa…boring.
The books are all out order and some pieces have been removed as they have become vessels for other items such as fresh flowers, so it’s looking a little bare at the top. It looks reall random and not pulled together.
These are shots from the restyle session I had. I used some of the same items but moved them around, edited and added fresh flowers. By doing that the bookcases now look streamlined, intentional and the flowers add a colourful and feminine touch.
Here is a shot of the built-ins when we moved in. I lived with them for a while with the blue paint but I have since painted them out all white because the blue eventually drove me nuts!! Next I will be painting the walls but I still have to decide on a colour. Finally, for the fireplace I would love to remove the stacked stone… like yesterday. I’d rather see a plain white finish, possibly shiplap.
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