Decorating Bookshelves: 12 Helpful Tips & Ideas

Do you have trouble when it comes to decorating bookshelves? Bookshelves work double-duty for us as storage for books and other items, as well as offering us a place to display our collections and favorite accessories. But they are often an area many homeowners struggle with when it comes to decorating. Arranging books and decorative items on bookshelves is a lot easier if you know a few tricks of the trade. Here are 12 helpful tips and ideas to help you decorate your bookshelves.

Decorating Bookshelves

1 Create interest by alternating heights. Stack some books horizontally and use them as pedestals for displaying items. This also allows you to fit larger books on shelves.

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2 Keep things visually interesting by incorporating decorative accessories and artwork in between groups of books.

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3 Style your bookcase with items that you love or that are a reflection of your interests.

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4 Frame family photos and display them among your book collection.

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5 Give your bookcases some punch by arranging books by color.

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6 Make sure to leave enough space between the shelves, so that it’s easy to retrieve and return books.

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7 Paint the back of the bookcase in a vibrant color or one that’s a few shades darker than the wall. Everything you display will pop against the color.

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8 Create a one-of-a-kind bookcase by adding wallpaper to the back of it.

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9 Use decorative storage boxes and woven baskets to add texture and color to your bookshelves. Use them to keep magazines and paperbacks organized or for storage.

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10Use sturdy pieces of pottery and heavy decorative accessories as bookends to keep books from tipping.

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11Give your display depth by layering pieces of art, framed photos, or decorative plates behind small stacks of books or accessories such as vases and figurines.

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12Let a special object take center stage by placing it on a shelf by itself.

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Decorating bookshelves is an opportunity for you to add personality and interest to a room. These tips will help you get started. What’s your favorite tip for decorating bookshelves?

Peggy

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    says

    Ok, this is really sad, but guess what Peggy? I have NO bookshelves in either our rental or the cabin!

    Someday i would love to have a library. A real traditional one with dark wood, built in shelves, a fireplace and a shaggy dog to boot! I wouldn’t want the rest of the house to be dark, just that one room. Then I’ll call you to decorate my shelves. 😉