Jenny Tamplin Interiors | Bookshelf Styling

Shelves of Style - 4 Easy Steps to Styling Bookshelves

I have received some questions lately about styling bookshelves.  This is something I love doing.  Sort of like a hobby.  So, I began to analyze the method to my madness.  I believe these 4 tips will help you in your endeavor to beautify your own home!

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Collections

A good, and often, easy place to start is with collections.  Do you have any collections that you’ve been adding to for years?  Well, there’s a reason this collection is special to you and you should display it!  However, a common mistake is to group all of the pieces of the collection in one cluster.  This is not interesting but rather busy and cluttery feeling.  A nice and appropriate alternative is to space the pieces in different locations in a bookshelf or even in an entire room (depending on how big your collection is).

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My Kids are growing up fast!  But when they were little I began a special collection for each of them and (even though they won’t say) I believe they still like looking at them!  The above pic is my 16 year-old Audrey’s room.  

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She has a snow globe collection amongst her vast collection of novels.  

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Here’s my 15 year-old Mady’s shelves.  She has a trinket box collection still sprinkled among her other favorite things.

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This little guy is a stingray trinket box from Grand Cayman 3 years ago.

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Shells are the collection of choice here.  See how it really draws interest to the shells in a way that clustering them all together would not?

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This collection is my very own.  Red transfer ware is one of my favorite things.  This is on display in my dining room.

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Color

Another helpful place to start on your own bookshelf style is color selection.  This could include color of the bookshelves themselves or the items that you want to place on the shelves.  These examples showcase the importance of the colors you select. What is the color scheme of your room?  Start from there.

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SplendidSass

This is a beautiful example of a monochromatic arrangement.  So classy and charming!

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Of course I’m drawn to this Tobi Fairley arrangement!  So festive and bright!

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BrightBold&Beautiful

Do you have a lot of frames that are one color?  These gold frames combined with the blue and white are gorgeous!

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DesignStiles

Another great idea is to line the back of your shelves with wall paper or even fabric!  Instant focal point!  This black and white paper with hot pink and turquoise accents is eye-catching!

Themes

Maybe you have a shelf to style and you have no real “collections”.  What room are you in?  What goes on in that room?  Is it a family room where you all gather to play games or sit around a talk?  How bout this…

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We all have board games stashed away in some drawer collecting dust!  Pull them out!  Put them on display!  You’re more likely to use them this way, right?

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I love this display of old things!  How many of us have our grandparents belongings put up in a nasty box in the top of a closet or attic?  Look how beautiful they are on display?

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Snack station!  When was the last time you went to World Market and rummaged through their selection of old-timey drug store style candy and soda?  Mixed with the bright wrappers on the candy, it calls for major amounts of fun!!

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These books were covered in different colors of tape for this display at the Dallas World Trade Center.  So clever and fun!  I love them so much, this pic is my cover pic on Twitter!

Placement

I know this is where most of us get stumped, but the key is to think out of the box.  Go with varying heights with your accessories, and horizontal as well as vertical books.  As a general rule, don’t lump all of your items of a similar color together, but rather sprinkle them all over the bookshelf.  Add interest by placing small items in front of larger ones.  And group things in odd numbers!!

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Things to notice on these shelves:  Only one burst of red on the top shelf adds plenty of drama.  Notice the horizontal books mixed in amongst the vertical books.  The framed art propped up on the middle shelf adds height and breaks up the monotony of the books.

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Dimples & Tangles

This pic is repined constantly on Pinterest!  The removal of two shelves to add a drastic height difference draws in the eye.  I especially love framed art on display as if it were a regular wall!   Also lots of texture going on!  The plant, lamp, ceramic owl and candles are all beautiful choices.  Remember to mix it up!  Don’t use books only!

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Notice the baskets?  All of us have baskets!  And if you don’t they’re cheap and plentiful and offer great storage!  These shelves have pops of green and turquoise sprinkled throughout.

 

So, go dream it up!  It’s your own personal canvas!  What do you have stored away that is actually special to you??  

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Go get it out and reminisce.  

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Then enjoy a cold one!  Hope you’re having a fabulous Throw-Back-Thursday!

 

 

 
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