Most homes have some sort of book shelves somewhere. They could be by the fireplace, by the tv, or even some freestanding shelving against the wall. The age old dilemma always comes up: how to style your shelfie.
Unless it’s a library or a book haven, bookshelves don’t need to be edge to edge covered in books. Don’t let the name fool you. Nor do they need to be edge to edge picture frames, either. Creating a space that is inviting, attractive, that goes with your decor isn’t as challenging as you may think it is.
Here are my simple tips on achieving that perfect shelfie:
- Books as “shelfies”. Use books to stack things on, as mini little “shelves” within shelves. Use various decorative items on your mini-shelves.
- Books to display as decorative pieces. Most people think of decorative my interest, objects, but using beautiful books standing vertically with covers, titles, themes of things that fit your aesthetic can be used as a decorative object in and of itself.
- Balance. Mix textures, shapes, colors that go with the decor of the room. I chose colors and pieces that went the entire room. I mixed wood pieces with agate, with sleek vases and textured vases and even functional pieces like the clock.
- Odds and evens. Have one shelf spaced out with an even number of “groupings”. Then on the next shelf, to an odd number of “groupings”. Don’t align everything up and down, edge to edge, center to center. The visual “break up” of the pieces makes it interesting on your eye.
- Make it yours. Add things that reflect your personal interests, your family, your life, your style. I have the large G for our last name. I love having the clock because I can look up and see the time. I am into designers and fashion, so the books reflect the things I’m interested in. The broken up set of encyclopedias were The Mister’s growing up. … remember we didn’t have Google back then! We love love natural stones. You’ll see boxes with agates and druzy stones everywhere in our house. And that also includes stones on my shelfies.
- Change it up. Just because you’ve styled your shelfie doesn’t mean it hast to remain that way for years. It’s e ver evolving. My Kelly Wearstler HUE book I found at one of my favorite boutiques in Dallas, and it was a limited edition, signed and numbered! It was a gem I came across and snatched it up instantly! Needless to say, I rearranged a few things to accommodate my new treasure. As you come across new finds, add things to your collection, don’t be afraid to change it up. It keeps the room fresh and new.
It’s really not too complicated! I’ve pulled some things for you to style your shelfie, too.