Saturday, December 28, 2013

Tips for styling (and profiling) your bookshelves

When decorating your bookshelves, think dimension and variation.  Try a framed picture, a mirror, or a print on the back of your book shelf (not neccesarily on all of them because remember we want variation) with other items placed in front.  Paint works great too!  Use things you already have....old magazines are great for filling up space and perfect for adding height to that candle, antler, or owl.  Get out old books (think childrens' books, old encyclopedias (do your parents have some hidden away in their attic), dictionaries, Bibles, etc), magazines, movies, photo albums, baskets, picture frames, framed prints, globes, candles, etc and just play around with the placement.  Place your books both vertical and horizontal and use plenty.  Books and magazines are the best way to create a look that isn't bare but yet organized and clutter-free.  To fill up small spaces or gaps, use your picture frames and decor (not knick-knacks).  I'm all about using what you have, but here are some ideas to get you thinking.  For more wallet friendly items, check out TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Tuesday Morning, Hobby Lobby, even CVS or Wallgreens, and antique stores and yard sales.  And don't feel like your bookshelves have to be perfect from day one; mine are still a work in progress (see personal pics below).  Just keep purchasing along the way and reshuffle as you find each special piece.  Before you know it, you're bookshelves will be styling and you'll be smiling :).  


 Bookshelves in our den/living room...


More den/living room bookshelves...


Dining room bookshelves (I told you we have no shortage!)...

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