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How to Arrange a Bookcase

Learn how to arrange a bookcase and create perfectly styled shelves every time.

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Learn how to style a bookcase with these simple tricks. Line the back of the bookcase with decorative paper for a splash of color and pattern. Start filling the shelves with books. Organize the books vertically at first, leaving open at least a quarter of each shelf. To create a balanced composition, position a wide group of books on opposite sides of neighboring shelves. Slide art prints behind various stacks to add depth. Add horizontal stacks of books for variety. Fill the bottom shelf with large catch-all baskets to corral extra clutter. Top the free standing piece with a collection of related objects such as these shapely vases to fill the empty overhead space. In just a few steps, this bookcase went from plain to wow. Now you know the secrets for styling your own bookcases.