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