EX­PRESS YOUR SHELF

DANNI’S TIPS TO PER­FECT THE ART OF STYLING BEAU­TI­FUL BOOK SHELVES

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There is true art form to cer­tain as­pects within the in­te­rior de­sign world; one of them be­ing how to style book shelves.

Un­for­tu­nately, it’s not as sim­ple as stack­ing some books on a shelf and strate­gic plan­ning is strongly ad­vised.

Here are some tips on cre­at­ing a beau­ti­fully styled book shelf.

Start by plac­ing ev­ery­thing you want to dis­play on the ground in front of the shelves.

It’s al­ways best to have more pieces than you need, of­fer­ing you greater va­ri­ety and more op­tions when styling.

It’s also im­por­tant to in­clude a com­bi­na­tion of dif­fer­ent and unique pieces, from books, vases, live and raw ma­te­ri­als like drift­wood and green­ery, but also a gor­geous cu­ra­tion of el­e­ments col­lected over time.

These could be trin­kets picked up from

over­seas, fam­ily an­tiques and heir­looms, or pho­tos of friends and fam­ily.

The larger, more state­ment-like pieces should be placed into the shelves first, en­sur­ing there’s plenty of breath­ing room be­tween them.

The use of neg­a­tive space is ar­guably the most im­por­tant as­pect of styling a book­shelf to achieve bal­ance and con­sis­tency.

It al­lows the larger styling items to act as hero pieces, and its ex­is­tence alone is the foun­da­tion of form­ing clus­ters of beau­ti­ful things.

Cof­fee ta­ble books with lovely spines can be grouped in two or three ei­ther ly­ing flat or up­right be­tween book­ends. If you have pa­per­back books that aren’t po­ten­tially as pretty, they can be turned around and stacked up­right be­tween book­ends, giv­ing a lovely neu­tral ef­fect. Add some shapely el­e­ments like bowls, can­dles and vases to soften hard edges typ­i­cally formed by the book­shelf it­self.

They also work well on top of books adding height. Lay­er­ing dif­fer­ent el­e­ments into your book shelf is another way to add depth and in­ter­est. Con­sider styling a small paint­ing or photo frame at the back of your shelf with a small ob­ject or group­ing in front.

The in­tro­duc­tion of live plants not only has the abil­ity to boost pro­duc­tiv­ity and fo­cus, but they also add pops of colour and tex­ture.

I also love raw ma­te­ri­als like drift­wood and other dried wood styled into shelves as again, they add a dif­fer­ent el­e­ment.

Keep place­ment in mind to en­sure colour and tex­ture is evenly bal­anced.

WORDS: DANNI MOR­RI­SON

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