Every so often things need to get changed up in my house.
They also really need to be cleaned, because when I leave all the dusting to my ten year-old daughter, places get overlooked. Sometimes entire bookcases get overlooked, for a long time.
I am quite proficient at procrastination though, and I can almost always find something better to do; however, my daughter got strep throat one weekend in October and we were trapped in the house and guarded by the germ police. It was good a time as any, to clean up the living room.
If you’ve never seen our living room renovation, click HERE.
In nearly every magazine I pick up, there are perfectly staged bookshelves. I always admire them. Then I look on Pinterest and see more beauty – some shelves are organized by color, others are filled with cute, well-placed trinkets, and still more are light on books and heavy on design.
We have a lot of books, hence the reason FringeMan built us some ginormous shelves. So, how does one go about creating well-styled book shelves with each item purposefully placed?
I haven’t got a clue, so I’ll just pretend I know exactly what I am talking about.
I try to vary heights, items, stacks of books, etc. Then I throw in a few novelty items for good measure.
By the way, notice all our wires? We have a serious wire problem…like too many! That’s how it is when you are married to an electrician. Your house is always the last to be finished.
All in all, I would say it’s an improvement. At least the dust is gone, and that’s half the battle.
These are my best tips to create interest in your bookshelves. Remember, I am not an expert. I am making this stuff up as I go along.
There’s nothing like working with a clean slate, so empty your shelves and start from scratch. It may seem like a waste of time, but it actually forces you to go through each item.
You may be surprised to find things you fell out of love with and are willing to donate.
Some sort by color, others by height, but I like to sort my books by author. It drives me crazy when one book in a series is on one shelf and the other book is on another shelf.
I don’t think it really matters how you sort them, but use logic that makes you happy and coordinate your books according to that logic.
I think it’s a good idea to vary the stacks of books on your shelves. Place some stacks horizontally and others vertically. It may take a little maneuvering, but you’ll find a method that works for your books and shelves.
Use home-made art. Maybe you birthed a budding artist. Try displaying their work intermittently placed between or in front of stack of books.
Better yet, add some art that you made!
Now don’t freak out if are a left brain thinker and completely anti-craft/anti-glue gun. There is plenty of affordable art on Etsy. Find something you love and display another person’s art.
Don’t be afraid of empty spaces. Sometimes blank spots drive us crazy. They can be like too quiet houses, but sometimes it’s in the quiet that inspiration strikes, so embrace the empty spaces and allow your home to develop over time.
I’m not a fan of store bought rooms. Do you know the kind?
They are spaces that reflect a furniture store or Wally World more than they reflect the people living in the house. I adore it when someone’s home looks like them. Everything oozes personality and draws you right in.
Allow your space to reflect you. Who cares if it’s not magazine worthy. Most of us don’t have any desire to be in Better Homes and Gardens.
Use things that are a reflection of you. I guarantee they will be unique and you will love them.
Remember, I am not an expert. Just look at my own bookshelves, but these are things I keep in my mind when I am reworking spaces in my home.
So tell me, how do you do it? Do you just throw all your books on the shelf or do you try and make them all look pretty, like the magazines?