I’m a firm believer that a well-styled bookshelf can add elegance to any room, whether it be your sitting room or your husband’s dark and moody den. I’ve always admired someone who can beautifully curate a room down to the bookshelf…maybe it’s just my crazy love for ACTUAL books!
Ever since I was a little girl I’ve always dreamt of having an expansive library in my home with shelves full of books to get lost in and trinkets from far away lands. Dreamy, right?!
As you probably know by now, I LOVE Architectural Digest and the videos that they put out. They’re like a grown-up version of MTV Cribs, you know?
Here are some tips for organizing your bookcase, as outlined by Architectural Digest and designers alike! For all of you visual learners out there, here is a little video to help you on your journey.
(Video taken from Architectural Digest)
You can pick and choose which tips you’d like to integrate into your home. I don’t believe there’s a perfect formula here! It’s more about what works best for you!
1. Organize by size
Fill bottom shelves with larger books and stack the top shelves with smaller ones.
2. Sort by colour
Many people love sorting their bookshelves by colour. Often this style looks great in Scandinavian homes that make use of a monochromatic colour palette and clean lines! I’m not a huge colour person, so I’d be interested to see how this would go over in my own home.
3. Add personal touches
Display your favourite vases, sculptures, bookends and photos on the shelves along with your books! Think of them as little book buddies. I absolutely love seeing vintage photos used as a backdrop for certain shelves, as they give a room a lovely genuine atmosphere.
4. Use smaller objects in the foreground and larger ones in the background
Tying into the last point, smaller pieces can be stacked on top of books or placed in the foreground to make a shelf more interesting. Layering looks great on most occasions…bookshelves are no different!
5. Pops of colour
I think it’s really fun when people incorporate little pops of colour into their bookshelves, especially when they are the same accent colours used in the room being styled. Tory Burch loves blue and I’ve noticed that she really plays on that in the styling of her shelving units. There are always little blue objects scattered about (tasteful ones, of course).
Finally, if you’re someone who works less with colour (basically, me), metallics are a great way to spice things up! A little gold accent never hurt anyone!!!