Written on April 24, 2012 at 9:00 pm , by Kate
Just about everyone has a need for a bookcase for storing reading material and other personal objects. Bookcases come in all shapes and sizes, from built-ins to free standing, but there’s no need for them to be boring or basic. Here are ten simple ideas for adding a dose of style to your own bookcases at home.
Paint the Back. The easiest way to make your bookcases stand out is to paint the backs with a bold color. Not only does it make your accessories pop, it’s a great way to add an accent color to your home office or library.
PaperBack. Wallpaper isn’t just for walls, it can easily be adhered to the back of your bookshelves too. Peeking out from behind your accessories, wallpaper is sure to add a fun, whimsical, or sophisticated pattern to your space.
Trim It Out. Wallpaper always looks fabulous at the back of a bookcase, but who says you need to stop there? Adding a layer or two of decorative ribbon along the shelves is one more way to add interest to your storage solution.
Group a Collection. Decorative accessories look fantastic when grouped in multiples like these globes, and bookcases make it easy to bring your collections out on display.
Pretty up the Panels. Many bookcases have doors for closed storage below and they are one more opportunity to play with decorative pattern. Consider wallpaper, a stencil, or a free hand painted design to bring a whimsical or personal touch to your bookcases.
Organize with Baskets. The uniform use of baskets provides a much needed storage solution and also brings order and texture to your open shelving.
Contain Yourself. Keep smaller supplies at your fingertips with the use of pretty containers on display on your bookshelf. They are particularly useful in a craft room or a kid space where small toys or art supplies need corralled.
Skirt the Issue. Bookshelves offer one extra place to store important things but what if those things aren’t necessarily pretty? No worries! String a lovely piece of fabric across the shelves you wish to hide and voila! Instant stylish solution to hide the less than attractive items.
Symmetrical Stacks. There’s a beauty and rhythm to books stacked in symmetry. When in doubt on how to arrange yours, take a lesson from this display and the purposeful placement of books in stacks in most every cubby.
That’s Personal. Bookcases aren’t just for reading material, they’re the perfect place to display your special mementos from your life and your travels. Adding meaningful decorative objects instantly personalizes a bookshelf beyond stacks of books.
Next time you pass by that free standing or built in bookshelf, look again – it may be that perfect place for you to add a bit more style to your home!
Have you thought of other creative ways to decorate your own bookshelves?
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