Bookshelf Organization Ideas – How to Style Your Bookshelf


Books are one in all my absolute favourite issues to embellish with. This isn’t to say I take into account them purely ornamental, it’s truly a testomony to how a lot I like them. I put all my favorites on show—classics in a small stack by the entryway desk (ah sure, welcome to my dwelling; I studied Virginia Woolf in faculty, by the way in which), inside design tomes accumulate close to the espresso desk, 5 novels significantly near my coronary heart lean cover-out on floating cabinets within the bed room, and little books of poetry are scattered round prefer it’s a scavenger hunt.

The most important assortment of books, after all, lives on my ladder-style bookshelf that’s quickly operating out of additional area. Right here, thrillers, movie star memoirs, and the occasional non-fiction quantity vie for actual property with to a bamboo plant I’ve managed to maintain alive for 3 years, some photograph frames, and vases of dried flowers. I restyle this shelf typically, as a result of it’s a straightforward method to change up decor with objects I have already got, all whereas rediscovering books I file away to learn once more.

Under, discover three sensible and handsome methods to rearrange your bookshelf. I’ve tried all of them, and can doubtless attempt all of them once more.

Picture by Ty Mecham

What You’ll Want:

  • Books in varied colours and sizes
  • Small items of artwork
  • Potted vegetation
  • Small ornamental objects like sculptures and vases

Organize By Coloration

When this trend first surfaced, I admittedly wasn’t an enormous fan. I are likely to gravitate away from rainbows and extra in direction of a particular shade palette, however since I don’t choose books by their covers (ha!) the colour palette of my bookshelf is already type of doomed. Out of boredom at some point, I made a decision to attempt color-coding my books, and was shocked by how a lot I beloved it. It immediately conveys a layer of cohesion and lack of litter, even whether it is fairly cluttered in actuality. It additionally makes the beforehand utilitarian bookshelf seem like a acutely aware design selection, which I like. You’ll be able to color-code the objects in your shelf too, matching a yellow vase to the yellow books, and a blue body with the blue books.

Combine Up the Stacks

As a way to add dimension to bookshelves, inside designers and stylists all the time, all the time combine up the position of books. By this, I imply organize some vertically and a few in horizontal stacks, alternating the stacks on the identical cabinets or arranging total cabinets in another way so one is horizontal and the opposite vertical. Not solely does this add visible curiosity, it frees up area on the cabinets for extra ornamental objects to take a seat on and between the stacks. It’s also possible to group stacks by books you wish to reread or these you haven’t but learn, that approach they’re inside attain whenever you end the one you’re at present on.

Picture by Ty Mecham

Let Ornamental Objects Dictate Guide Placement

One other factor seasoned decorators do with bookshelves is add ornamental objects of all sizes and styles. Resolve which sculptural objects, trailing vegetation, and items of artwork you wish to add to the shelf, and start putting them to your liking. Heavy objects can do double responsibility as bookends, and leaning frames give pure separation to stacks. Add stacks of books across the objects (attempt to preserve some adverse area round them), and work in odd numbers (they’re extra pleasing to the attention). Rearrange utilizing your intestine as a information—you’re a stylist now!

Bonus: Flip Them Round

It’d sound unusual however…individuals do it. Simply flip all of the books in your shelf round so the pages face out and the spines face in. My mom thinks it “must be unlawful,” and I are likely to agree, however typically I prefer to be contrarian. By typically, I imply all the time. Attempt it out and tag us on Instagram.

What’s sitting in your bookshelves (in addition to books)? Inform us within the feedback!


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