How To Decorate & Style Bookshelves

How To Style Bookshelves

Earlier this week I did a little reveal of our living room bookshelves. I needed to prove to you guys that I have in fact decorated at least one thing outside of my room. Today I thought I would show you guys how I went about styling the shelves.

Just as a refresher, here’s what the shelves look like now. You can see them in their prior barren glory here.

Now, I am by no means a professional decorator and for all I know I could have broken several cardinal rules when it comes to accessorizing bookshelves. But, I’ll share with you how I went about styling them and share a few tips that worked for me.

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Living Room Update:: Styled Bookshelves

Right Bookshelf Top Half

I’ve been showing you guys the progress I’ve been making on my room when it comes to decorating. You may be starting to wonder if I’ve touched anything else in the house besides my room at this point?

Well, the answer is yes. I haven’t done all that much, but one thing I’ve finally finished for the most part is our bookshelves in our living room.

Here’s what the room looked like before we moved in.

And here’s what the bookshelves look like now.

I plan to show you guys how I went about styling them in another post and also let you know where I got some of the items I put on the shelves. But for now, I’ll just share some pictures with you {sorry, it’s definitely picture overload}.

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Styling Bookcases

I love built-in bookshelves and just bookshelves in general. They are a great way to add storage but also add character to the overall room. {via 6th Street Design School} Despite the fact that I love them, my problem has always been how to display objects and books on them well. Currently in my apartment, I have two built-in bookshelves. I love that the apartment came with these, but I’m not fully utilizing them for their potential. I know for me when we moved in, I just wanted to get everyting out of boxes and up on shelves/walls as quickly as possible so that it felt like home. As a result, these two shelves in particular have an assortment of books and accessories thrown on them.

{via Little Green Notebook}

I’ve seen lots of styled bookshelves and tips on how to style them around blog land so I thought I would compile them for you and for me.

Cristin from Simplified Bee says the first step is to begin with a clean start. Take everything off your shelves and essentially start over. House Beautiful also suggests backing the shelves with colored paper or painting the back a contrasting color which will help your books and objects stand out.

{via Vogue}

Sherry from Young House Love suggests to begin by adding your biggest items first. If you have books,  group them together and stack them in varying patterns. You can also group them by color or size and stack them both horizontally and vertically. If you don’t already have a ton of books, you can find lots of old vintage books at thrift stores.

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