Design How-to: 9 Tips to Style Your Bookshelves Like a Pro!

1. Do Judge the Book by its Cover

While of course you aren’t going to go out and purchase a whole new collection of books just to style your shelves with, it doesn’t hurt to invest in a few pretty books to brighten them up.

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“Chanel” 3-Book Slipcase Hardcover Book – $75

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“French Riviera” Hardcover Book – $45

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2. Don’t Forget About Bookends!

The beauty is in the details, darlings. Bookends are essential to making your bookshelf look complete. Here are some prime examples:

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We have a variety of these Animal Head bookends on our website, and they are so adorable in children’s rooms! Shop more here.

3. Add Wallpaper or Paint.

This is a fabulous way to add color or texture to a room without completely repainting or wallpapering all the walls. Since this will typically take less yardage than a whole room, this is a great opportunity to spring for that ridiculously expensive wallpaper you’ve been eyeing.

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This bookcase covered in Tanzania wallpaper by Thibaut is so easy on the eyes. The blue and white looks perfect with the gold decorative accent pieces! What’s not to love?

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Grasscloth is another amazing option for covering your shelves with. This gold sparkly grasscloth gives the perfect hint of glamour:

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Tanzania Wallpaper in Blue – Thibaut Design

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4. Mix Up Book Placement.

When arranging your books and other decorative items, remember to mix it up. Vary heights; place books loosely in some places and snugly in others; arrange some books horizontally and some vertically; mix up textures and colors. If you have enough eye-catching coffee table or art books, stack them horizontally with the spines telling a story! Group books together by category– artists, travel destinations, fashion designers, etc.

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5. Color-Block: Arrange Books and Decor by Color!

A great way to keep your shelves organized is to color-code. This look is most successful when you have a plethora of brightly colored books and accessories to showcase.

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6. Accessorize. 

A bookshelf filled wall-to-wall with solely books can make your home start to feel like a law office. Mix in sculptural pieces, a beautiful bowl or vase, or decorative boxes to add interest.

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Tortoise Pattern Marengo Jewelry Box – $170

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Blue and White Decorative Box – $323

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Small Porcelain Buddha Head in Distressed White – $112

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Blue and White Four Seasons Porcelain Jar – $138

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Gold Menagerie Animal Statue Collection – $190

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Set of Two Coral Sculptures – $182.60

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Set of Two Terre Meleee Marble Swirl Blue Tapered Porcelain Bowls – $86

7. Add Framed Artwork

Incorporate artwork into your shelves. You can even prop up small pieces or hang larger pieces on the shelves themselves!

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8. Mirrors! 

Mirrors also can give your shelves dimension when propped up against the back. See below:

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9. Top it Off!

Last but not least, accessories and extra books can be arranged neatly on top of your bookshelf. This will add a little extra height to the room, and gives you extra space to throw  anything that doesn’t fit on your shelves.

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We’re suckers for a fun pair of foo dogs! The blue ones sitting on top of these fun bookshelves are amazing:

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Sitting Foo Dog Pair in Turquoise – $280

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Walking Foo Dog Pair – $240

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Modern Gold Jack Statue – $76

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