Growing up, my mom always had our bookshelf filled to the brim with books of every kind. They were arranged every which way and crammed onto each shelf like a pack of sardines. If we managed to get one book out, it was inevitable that a few more would come tumbling down with it.
Fast forward to now and I have also taken on this habit of stuffing the shelves to the brim with all kinds of books, arranged every which way.
I flipped through a few home décor magazines and scrolled through my Pinterest feed to get some inspiration for a little organization.
A lot of the shelf styling pictures and tutorials that I found, while absolutely beautiful, didn’t actually contain many books. There were one or two perfectly placed on a shelf, but what about those of us that actually want to use our book shelf for… books [shocking revelation, I know]?
So, I thought I’d share a book lovers guide to styling a book shelf. Because us book lovers deserve some lovin’ too. And to show it is possible to have a beautifully styled shelf that serves its intended purpose.
Here’s the before shot – I wasn’t lying when I told you it was cluttered and crammed!
Tip #1. Start with an empty shelf. It’s easier to put together when you’re starting from square one.
Tip #2. Remove all the book jackets from the hard cover books.
Tip #3. Put together like-colors and like styles – hard cover with hard cover, paperback with paperback.
Tip #4. Arrange books in rows and in piles. It creates a little more visual interest than just rows all the way across a shelf.
Tip #5. Shop your house for trinkets and knick-knacks. Candle holders, figurines and glass jars work great.
And just like that, you’ve got a great looking book shelf that is actually functional!
All our best,