Today's interior post on Julie's dress code is about how you can style a bookshelf. In the following article you will read why the arrangement of your books makes a big difference visually and how to style your open shelf to match your interior.
CHANGE IN THE BOOKSHELF
As a librarian, I can't walk past a bookshelf without looking at the order of the books. Most of the time, I even unconsciously do the typical handle that straightens the books and arranges them on the front edge of the shelf.
Because of my studies and work in libraries, I never thought about how to style a bookshelf . Only since I've been living out my passion for the subject of interior more and more has the crammed shelf been a thorn in my side and just too restless and colorful.
THIS IS HOW YOU CAN SORT YOUR BOOKS
At home, many people simply sort their books by genre, i.e. all love stories on one floor, all crime novels and thrillers on another. Also popular and visually really interesting is the variant to be sorted by color, whereby so-called rainbow shelves are created.
STYLE THE BOOKSHELF - THIS IS HOW BOOKS BECOME DECORATION
For me books belong in the living room. It's great to keep an eye on them, and I especially like to pick up picture books every now and then and let myself be inspired by beautiful photographs.
A crammed bookshelf can quickly appear restless, confusing and sometimes it just doesn't quite fit in with the rest of the interior. So did our bookshelf. I wanted to redesign it so that there is space for decorative parts on the shelf and everything looks a little more airy. The only requirement: no book may disappear from the shelf.
DECORATE YOUR BOOKSHELF WITH THESE 5 TIPS
1) Build on: if you have the opportunity to expand your shelf wall, then this is ideal for creating space. An additional Billy shelf straightened out my inventory and made the wall even more harmonious overall.
If you already have a billy, you can increase the height or add doors if you can no longer see any of your books or if you want to divide your shelf a little.
Metal shelves also look super classy and in most cases can be combined well with other shelves.
3) It's all in the mix: your books don't care whether they're on the shelf or standing. So be creative and bring variety. Build small horizontal piles , show the cut edges, put a few books on the front edge and a few to the back. Always leave smaller gaps so that it looks airy and harmonious.
4) Baskets: Simple baskets are another way of presenting books . Depending on your taste, made of raffia or wire, they are a great storage for smaller books. Put a nice one at the front so it doubles as decoration.
5) Plants: you can now let off steam in terms of decoration on the newly created, airy areas in the bookshelf. Plants in particular look great on a bookshelf because they bring life and fresh green to it.
A mix of different pots, large and small plants
makes it interesting. Rotate the plants on the shelf regularly so they always get enough light.
You can mix in a few small decorative items in the free space on your bookshelf. The viewer has a lot to look at, but the shelf still looks airy.