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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

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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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Inspiration:: Perfectly Styled Photos

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When it comes to this whole blogging thing, good, quality pictures go a long way. You may have created or designed something amazing, but if your picture is dark and blurry, not many will be inclined to linger and check it out. And with sites like Pinterest, pictures have become even more important. Most bloggers are now creating and editing pictures with the hopes of people ‘pinning’ them.One of the things I’m trying to learn and get better at is styling my pictures. Not only trying to capture things in the right lighting/angle, but also adding elements to the photo that tell a story and feel real in the hopes that you will want to stay a little longer. 

For today’s inspiration, I thought I would round up a few images that are incredibly styled. Maybe we can learn a thing or two from them.
I love the styling in this photo. The bed looks so cozy and inviting. And the room in general looks very ‘lived’ in.

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Love the attention to detail in this photo. Down to the water ring on the counter, the photo feels ‘real.’

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Even though this chair is probably facing a blank wall, it makes you wonder what could be in front of it. Is it facing a cozy fireplace or maybe a bookshelf full of books.

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