Weekend Home Project: Style Your Bookshelf Like A Pro

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Style your bookshelf
Weekend Home Project: Style Your Bookshelf Like A Pro
11 tips to get you started

The whole thought of what to add and what not to add on your bookshelf can be a bit overwhelming. But don’t worry, here are some tips that’ll help you get started. Don’t have a bookshelf? Rent it!

Style your bookshelf
Weekend Home Project: Style Your Bookshelf Like A Pro
1. The right fit

The very first thing you need to do is choose the right kind of bookshelf for your space. If you have a large area with a big wall, then, a big shelf with a lot of racks will look good. On the other hand, if you have a tiny space, then a corner bookshelf or a floating shelf will be perfect. Don’t have a bookshelf? Rent it!

Style your bookshelf
Weekend Home Project: Style Your Bookshelf Like A Pro
2. Less is more

The number of books you choose to display on your bookshelf is important. Keep in mind the size of your bookshelf. Select only those books that you are currently reading, planning to read or books that you re-read often. Don’t have a bookshelf? Rent it!

Style your bookshelf
Weekend Home Project: Style Your Bookshelf Like A Pro
3. Horizontal and Vertical

When you are arranging the books, don’t just go with the vertical arrangement. Mix it up. Arrange them horizontally and vertically! Try not to overcrowd the shelves. Don’t have a bookshelf? Rent it!

Style your bookshelf
Weekend Home Project: Style Your Bookshelf Like A Pro
4. A touch of nature

The simplest way to add some life to your bookshelf is by adding a few elements of nature. A few plants, flower vases or just a jar full of shells or pebbles will add an instant beauty to your bookshelf and bring in a positive vibe. Don’t have a bookshelf? Rent it!

Style your bookshelf
Weekend Home Project: Style Your Bookshelf Like A Pro
5. Elements of light

Fairy lights, lamps, neon signs or light boxes; To bring in a magical touch, include some element of light into your bookshelf. This is one of our favorite additions when it comes to styling a bookshelf. This can totally change the whole look of your space. Don’t have a bookshelf? Rent it!

Style your bookshelf
Weekend Home Project: Style Your Bookshelf Like A Pro
6. Collections

If you have the habit of collecting something that can be put on display, showcase a few of those on your bookshelf. Things like shells, crystals, coffee mugs, sculptures, souvenirs will make great collection displays. If your collection includes a book series, display it using bookends. Don’t have a bookshelf? Rent it!

Style your bookshelf
Weekend Home Project: Style Your Bookshelf Like A Pro
7. Negative space

No matter how big or small your bookshelf is, always leave some negative space in your bookshelf. If you are styling a rack with a big vase on one side, don’t put anything on the other side. You can also leave some racks empty here and there. Don’t have a bookshelf? Rent it!

Style your bookshelf
Weekend Home Project: Style Your Bookshelf Like A Pro
8. Pieces of art

Include a few art pieces on your bookshelf. You can include word art, minimalist art, photographs, sculptures or anything along these lines. This will add some layers and dimension to your space. Don’t have a bookshelf? Rent it!

Style your bookshelf
Weekend Home Project: Style Your Bookshelf Like A Pro
9. Vintage accents

Another great tip to add a rustic look to your shelf is to add a few antique/vintage elements like a clock, jet plane, candelabras, vintage boxes, a camera, globe, telescope, etc. You can find some of the best vintage elements in your grandparents’ collection of showpieces. Dig in! Don’t have a bookshelf? Rent it!

Style your bookshelf
Weekend Home Project: Style Your Bookshelf Like A Pro
10. Storage

Adding storage to your bookshelf will increase the functionality of your bookshelf. You can add things like a woven basket, a quirky pen stand, fancy bowl, storage boxes with nice prints, trunks, treasure boxes, and cute magazine/file holders. Mix up the finishes, textures, shapes, and sizes of the storage boxes. Don’t have a bookshelf? Rent it!

Style your bookshelf
Weekend Home Project: Style Your Bookshelf Like A Pro
11. Layering

Another great styling tip is to layer all the accessories and books. The bigger items can go to the back of the rack and the smaller things can be put in the front. You can also place accessories on top of a stack of horizontally-arranged books. Don’t have a bookshelf? Rent it!

If you are a bibliophile just like us then you know that books are our prized possessions. A cozy reading corner and a bookshelf are enough to keep us happy! Earlier, a bookshelf was used solely to store books and now it is more of a statement piece. But, styling a bookshelf can be tricky. It can either give your space an uber-chic look or it can end up looking messy and unorganized. Use our tips to style your bookshelf like a pro. Let your bookshelf be the showstopper of your house.

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Seema Rath

Lifestyle blogger. Licensed Zumba instructor. YouTuber. Not a sesquipedalian!

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