Feb 25, 2010

How to Organize Your Bookshelves

Bookshelves can be an important design element in a room; unfortunately, they often become a catchall for unrelated objects and end up an eyesore. With a little bit of planning and the creative use of accessories bookshelves can become an important design feature.

Even a small shelf unit like this one can add charm, and be a good way to feature treasured keepsakes.

Here are some tips for how to arrange bookshelves.
  • If you have matched sets of books then put them together on the lower shelves, stacked side by side, to create a solid foundation. If you do not have matched sets, then group books of similar size together on the bottom shelf
  • On the middle shelves arrange groupings that include accessories and books. The accessories could include a small piece of art on an easel, decorative plates or bowls, candles, statues or other collectibles.
  • For added interest make sure each grouping includes a variety of heights. Lay a couple of small books down on their side, next to a tall vase or candle holder. Also try to include a variety of shapes.
  • Add color with candles or plants. Include a variety of textures like wood and glass and metal all in one grouping.
  • If you have over sized books too tall for the shelf they can be placed flat with other books stacked on top of them.
  • All of the books should be brought to the front edge of the shelf for a neat, uniformed look.
  • It is usually a good idea to remove the dust jackets and display the books binding.
  • Use the top one or two shelves to display art or other accent pieces. This will help create a balanced display.
An organized and balanced arrangement can make your bookshelves a beautiful design element. Keep them feeling fresh by using seasonal items as part of the presentation. If after organizing your shelves you find the need to add more accessories please visit my on-line store http://www.roseinteriors.com/  .

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