Recently, I set up a bookshelf in my living room, and I set about trying to make it look pretty. I am far from a decorating expert, but I am happy with the way my bookcase turned out, and today I am sharing a few simple tips for styling a bookcase.
My primary objective was to come up with a design that was both decorative and functional. I used a neutral pallet of items I had around the house and added a few pops of color (turquoise). I went for a balanced look, but I was careful not to make it too symmetrical. Having a mix of horizontal and vertical objects is key.
On the top shelf, I made a little DIY artwork that matched my color scheme. I bought an inexpensive frame from Walmart, and I used it to frame a piece of scrapbook paper. I also added a matching flower pot (from the dollar store).
Another fun element of my bookshelf was a little turquoise owl that I found at Walmart. It's always a good idea to add a touch of whimsey to a space. This owl is called "speak no evil", and I told my boys that it is a reminder to only speak kindly to each other. We'll see if it works! lol
Of course, practicality is always important too, so I added a covered basket to the bottom of my bookcase. This object "grounds" my bookcase, and it gives me a clever space to hide paperwork.
As I said, I am not a decorating expert, but I hope you found these tips helpful. Let me know your best tips for styling a bookcase. I'd love to hear them!
Gina Bell (aka East Coast Mommy)