Today, we’re sharing easy tips for styling a bookcase as part of the Lifestyle of Love Blog Hop. A special thank you and shout out to my sweet friend, Cindy of County Road 407 for putting this hop together.
If you’re coming over from Michelle’s blog at The Painte Hinge, welcome, we’re excited to have you. I love her farmhouse style so much!
In case you missed the last installment of this series, we shared our favorite ways to decorate with farmhouse crocks here.
When it comes to styling bookcase or hutch shelves, my Mom is a total rock star. In fact, this is one of my favorite pictures of her from a few years ago. She was so “in the zone” at the time I took this picture, she never heard the click of the camera.
Over the years, I’ve learned about styling shelves from her because it’s such a frequent request of the homeowners we get to work with.
Easy Tips for Styling a Bookcase Inspiration
Since we’ve had the pleasure of staying a home more these past few months, I’ve really been thinking through every single space. I’ve literally been standing in each room and quietly pondering, “What part of the space is working well and what part I can tweak to make it even better?”
There are times I feel like I want to start over completely. And other times, I feel like we’re SO close we just need one or two more things in order to bring it all together.
We’ve been using the living room as a quiet room a lot more lately. My Dad was super sweet to build these bookcases for me.
They’re almost 9 feet tall and I love them so much.
The bookcases take up a good portion of the only wall in the living room and for that reason alone, they’re basically a feature. I’ve pretty much kept them styled the same way for the past few years.
But lately, I’ve really been into a tone-on-tone more subdued vibe. So, I decided to change the bookcases up a bit.
No playing, I used to be intimidated by big projects like these. Until I realized, there were a few easy tips for styling a bookcase we use over and over again.
Here’s a look at our favorite easy tips for styling a bookcase…
Keep a Consistent Color Palette
Chose a consistent color palette and stick with it – even if that color palette is rainbow!
We knew from the beginning we wanted to mix pieces of ironstone with lots of books for a subtle look. Knowing that in advance, helped us to stay focused as we were collecting items and styling the bookcase.
It’s definitely easy to get off track if you don’t know what specific colors or style you’re trying to create in advance because there are so many fabulous pieces to try.
Collect What You Love
If possible, start collecting items BEFORE you plan to style your bookcase. Unless you buy an entire collection at an estate sale or antique mall, it takes a long time to find great pieces. Especially, if you have large bookcases and need a lot of items.
It’s worth the wait though.
Collecting what you love ensures you’ll have multiple items to choose from once you’re ready to get styling.
If you plan to use the pieces you already have on hand, consider bringing all of them together in one place. That way you’ll be able to see what you have instead of going from room to room hunting things to make work.
Style the Middle Shelf (or the shelf at eye level) FIRST
It probably seems like you should start styling the top shelf first and then work your way down to the bottom shelf.
But if you style the shelf at eye level from the start, it will help to set the tone for the entire bookcase. Especially, since it’s the shelf you’re most likely to notice as soon as walk into the room.
Vary the Height of Objects on Each Shelf
As you’re putting these easy tips for styling a bookcase together, keep in mind you’ll need large a variety of pieces so you can vary the height of objects on each shelf.
Placing taller items next to shorter ones, is a simple way to fill up blank space.
Whether you collect old books or patinaed planters embracing texture keeps thing interesting. This includes everything from warm woods, to cool concrete pieces, to nubby burlap covered books.
If most of the pieces you have are new, think about using dark wax and other painting techniques to help give you an aged look without have to wait years to get it.
In fact, you can find out how to easily paint and age a silver serving tray here.
Adding greenery can help breathe life into shelves and offer a simple pop of color too.
That said, I’ve also seen plenty of tone-on-tone ironstone or book laden bookcases that don’t have a stitch of greenery on them and they’re totally fabulous.
Don’t be afraid to play around with multiple pieces until you get a look you love!
I hope these tips for easy tips for styling a bookcase have helped. Let us know if you have any fun tips or tricks we should try!
Lifestyle of Vintage and Farmhouse Love Blog Hop
Next, stop by my friend Lind’a blog, Itsy Bits and Pieces for a fabulous farmhouse vignette with books.
And be sure to check out how the rest of these fabulous ladies decorate with books too. I always learn so much from them….
Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.