Accessorizing a bookshelf can seem a little difficult and frustrating. Usually when I am helping a client decorate a bookshelf, the main problem is there are too many books and not enough accessories. So you are thinking “Great, what accessories do I place on a bookshelf? Below are six easy tips to accessorizing a bookshelf. Believe me, it will make a world of difference!
Let’s take a look at a few beautifully decorated bookshelves first, and then go over the six easy tips to decorating a bookshelf.
Inspiring Accessorized Bookshelves
This bookshelf sits in my living room. It used to be black, but I really wanted something a little brighter, so I broke out the latex paint.
This was a fun styled bookshelf in a Parade of Homes. I loved the wood shoe mold sitting on an old book, and all the other vintage items. To me, that is what makes a bookshelf stand out; having unique and interesting items!
This a bookshelf in my office. I painted it with Rust-oluem spray paint. I thought it made it look like a special Restoration Hardware piece. For instructions on painting furniture, visit my page on Painted Furniture Ideas.
Okay, so ready to learn how to decorate your bookshelf like a pro? Below are six easy tips to decorating a bookshelf.
Six Tips To Decorating A Bookshelf
Tips #1 – Choosing Your Books
Even though it is a bookshelf, don’t overcrowd it with too many books. You want to accessorize, and by that you will want to add a few display items. Do not decorate with paperback books! They usually look tacky and cheap. (sorry to be blunt.)
If you don’t have many hardback books, try finding some at an antique store, local flea market, or garage sales. You really won’t have to spend much to find some really unique books.
Take the paper covers off of some of your hardback books. Coordinate some of your books by their colors.
Tips #2 – Adding Some Faux Greenery
Add some faux greenery to your shelves. Again, sparingly is the key. If the bookshelf you are decorating isn’t particularly large, then just use one or two small faux plants. Choose a unique container to put your greenery in to add character and detail to your bookshelf.
You can also use greenery without a container like pictured above. Purchase a bush of ivy, lay it on it’s side. Be sure to pull a piece of the ivy behind anything beside it. You want to make your home decor items look “nestled” in.
Tip 3# – Add a Few Photo Frames
Bookshelves are a great place to put photo frames. Again, choose quality frames to make your photos stand out. Don’t overdo, putting too many photo frames on your bookshelf.
TIP: Try to choose close up shots for your photos, they stand out better from a distance.
Tip #4 – Add Reflective Decor
Add some accessories that are mirrored or made of mercury glass. They add an element of sparkle to your bookshelves. The light bounces off these items and highlights the shelf. You can use two items like in the photo above, placing one item on a pair of books, and one item on the shelf. Now, that is easy!
Tip #5 – Choosing Unique And Interesting Bookends
Bookends are a MUST for accessorizing a bookshelf. Shop for bookends that have character and a splash of fun! Make your bookshelf come alive with interesting decor.
Tip #6 – Use Baskets
If you are trying to decorate a rather large bookshelf or entertainment cabinet, baskets are a wonderful idea! Not only can you store things in them that will not be seen, but baskets are very attractive!
Make sure you buy baskets that are the same size and color. This gives balance to accessorizing a bookshelf.
Decorating a Child’s Bookshelf
I had to show you this shelf! This craft room was in a Parade of Homes I visited. The designer had such a great idea with the metal shelves filled with all kinds of craft supplies. I love the little metal buckets!
Good luck decorating your bookshelf! Remember, keep it simple, always add some of your personality in your home decor choices, and surround yourself with things you love!