My way of styling bookshelves is to first take everything off and dust the shelves before I begin. And then I put one thing on one shelf at a time.
I stand back and look. And then I add and stand back and look some more. Until the look is pleasing. If it seems a bit cluttered, I start editing and deleting.
Obviously I like color. Since the back of this hutch is turquoise, I wanted to highlight that with lots of white and lighter colors.
My collection of white pitchers goes well here. With a few other colors of pitchers thrown in for variety.
These shelves have been added to a brick wall, and the effect of the rustic shelves on the white brick wall is stunning. They went for a vintage vibe and it’s so appealing.
I can easily see myself spending lots of time in this room, with the comfy bohemian chair and the many books to entertain me.
They crammed in lots of books, which, to me, is the purpose of bookshelves. But then added decorative items for interest.
These industrial-style shelves look great with kitchen and dining elements on them.
An added benefit are the rollers. I love the vintage styling. And the basketry adds texture.
This one has a lot of interesting features. You know a bookshelf is styled well if you can’t stop looking at it!
These two bookshelves don’t focus on the books as much as they focus on little treasures. Probably mementos that mean something to the person or persons who live there.
We all have what I call pretties and treasures. And we need a place to group them for effect and to keep your tabletop spaces from looking cluttered.
This photo reminds me of something I would do. Kill two birds with one stone. I did this type of grouping in Texas.
Have your dining space next to your bookshelves. It would keep you highly entertained as you ate your meal. And it would also work well in a smallish space.
This one starts out with a fantastic backing that adds a lot of texture before one item was ever placed inside.
The theme was carried onward by placing a work of art, created from what looks to be the same batch of rustic wood, on top.
The colors are limited and of natural hues, which gives the vintage items a bit of elegant styling.
This is a great look with the old worn boards placed against a white backdrop. The items are whimsical in nature, such as the piece of rope draped in and around the decorative pretties.
Adding a plant lends texture and a bit of nature, and is always an added benefit because it draws the eye to it. I know my eye goes straight to the greenery.
So how do you style your shelves? Do you have a pattern or equation you use?
I tend to just go with the flow.