Where do I start?
Styling bookshelves can be quite intimidating. I’ve been there before, staring at blank shelves with no clear vision or direction wondering where to start. If you’ve been looking at decorating magazines or pinterest you have seen gorgeous, finished shelves that scream professional decorator. You can have the same results with just a couple tips and some time to spend getting the look you’re going for. I’m in no way a professional, but I do enjoy working on my decorating until I get it just right. If you put the time and effort into your shelves I’m sure they will turn out perfectly.
I like to start with a blank, clean shelf and then gather all my items and place them in the floor near my workspace. Most items you use, you will already have around your home. You want things of varying sizes, shapes, and textures. I try to stick to using 3-4 colors. You might want to pull things from different locations in your house or shop for a couple new pieces. You can find great shelving decor at Home Goods, TJ Maxx, Pottery Barn, Pier 1, Steinmart, and even Goodwill or other flea markets if you know what you’re looking for.
The trick to setting up your decorations is grouping them in odd number pairings. Things look very nicely paired in groups of threes and fives in various heights. I like to start on the shelf that is eye level and go from there. I definitely try to have a symmetry between the shelves and this is where the trial and error starts. You may try something and if it’s not working take a step back and switch it out and try something different. I actually enjoy styling bookshelves because I feel your shelves tell your personal story. If you are putting in things that reflect your style and personality, who wouldn’t love it. Your shelves can actually become a major focal point of the room.
Once you have the bookshelves the way you want them, you can change things out seasonally as holidays approach. You can really have some fun and add some pizazz and a couple unexpected pieces. You know you’re on the right track if your style is being reflected when you decorate. If you love the pieces you’re using, that confidence will show when you have company in your home. I think the most important thing is to let your style shine through. You may love your favorite blogger’s style, but if it is not yours, you won’t be happy trying to emulate that in your home.
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