Shelf Awareness: 5 Bookshelf Designs to Organize and Decorate Your Home

July 9, 2014  |  

No longer are bookshelves used as just a housing place for books and dust bunnies. Bookshelves are reinventing themselves as valuable decorative statement furniture pieces in living areas across the globe. Whether you grab one from a high end store or get one from your local Goodwill and give it a good paint job, bookshelves are a great addition to any large or small living space.

Pieces collected from travels, children’s artwork and other décor items picked up from various clearance racks, yard sales and thrift excursions no longer have to sit sporadically around your home. With a few tips, some imagination and a few hours you can easily gift those items a new permanent home on bookshelves and turn them into conversation pieces while displaying your prized treasures in an appealing manner.

A well designed bookshelf that define you and your style isn’t created overnight. They are the conglomeration of many trips, lots of “oh that’s cute, I’ll find somewhere for it later” and must read books that are collected over time.

Inevitably you will find yourself switching some things out for others. Here are 5 basic tips for setting the perfect backdrop for your special items.

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Vary Sizing

Group odd numbers of items together and add depth by putting different size objects together.

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Lay Books Horizontally and Vertically

Lay books on their side and use them as a flat surface to place a photo or other decorative item. Create a neutral color palette by removing the cover from hardback books. Try coordinating your decorative pieces with the engraved book titles found on the hardback spines.

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Put smaller horizontal frames in front of and to the side of taller vertical ones. Stack things on top of each other, mix colors, metals and prints. Add whimsical pieces, and if they are the wrong color don’t be afraid to spray paint them.

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Decorate the Back of the Shelving

Nothing more boring than a regular wood backdrop to display your items against. Grab some colorful paper or your favorite paint color and attach to the back of the shelving. A little Mod Podge and your favorite wall paper or gift wrap paper will get the job done.

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Add Seasonal Décor

Seashells, Mums, Bells are just a few visually appealing seasonal items that you can add to change the look of your shelves with minimal work. Be on the lookout for these items on post season clearance racks. This is a great way to build up your collection.

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