Today’s post is written by Lauren Patterson.
More and more it seems these days, bookcases and built-in cabinets are being styled in wonderfully artistic ways. Back when built-ins solely served a functional purpose, styling a bookcase basically involved throwing some books on a shelf and hoping it worked. Old awards and every school portrait you ever had taken (even during those awkward teen years) would be displayed with no rhyme or reason. In return, those objects that were important became the clutter of one’s home instead of collectibles that could tell a pleasing story. Thankfully though, dressing up bookshelves has made a comeback. Here are some of our favorites:
When gathering books for your shelves, keep in mind that you do not have to go out and buy a lot of expensive coffee table books. They can easily set you back $50 a book and drain your budget quickly. Instead, take advantage of thrift stores, garage sales, or used bookstores. And remember, if you have any books with ugly covers, try taking the cover off and see what’s on the inside. Often the actual book is much more appealing than the outside cover.
Another trend with built-ins is painting the back of the shelves a contrasting color. This is a great way to add more color to the room and helps your accessories really stand out. Just remember to use a paint that is a couple of shades darker than the room color. If you are really brave, you could paint the entire built-in a separate color or even add some great pattern with wallpaper.
Although I love all the glossy magazine shots, see how some friends have styled their bookcases in the next few photos. They make this look so easy – and really, it is.
No longer do your book shelves need to be boring and lifeless. As you can see, sprucing up those shelves is simple to achieve by using your favorite things around the house. Get rid of the trophy-filled shelves and grab whatever inspires you – everything from baskets, vases, artwork and lamps, to plants, architectural pieces, mirrors and pottery – and a give your built-ins a makeover.