Book Shelves are not just for Books!

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Bookshelves are not just for books – show off the items that you love…

Not sure what to showcase?  Think about the items that make you smile.  Your shelves should be a reflection of you – A memento from a vacation, art, your favorite framed photos, framed artwork your children made or a family treasure that had been passed down.  Pottery and glass objects you love and of course your favorite books – all these will bring your shelves to life and tell your story.

Getting Started – Empty out your shelves and paint the backs a contrasting color or use colorful paper.  Wall paper has made a comeback with great new designs, textures and colors.  The paint color or paper will make your items pop off the shelf!   

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Change the height of your shelves – Unless the shelves are fixed in place change the shelf heights to add some asymmetry.  This gives you the option to add larger, bolder accessories and art that will stand out. 

When placing your items go for asymmetrical arrangements.  Odd numbers usually create more interest, like threes and fives, but if you do have two like items put them on the diagonal rather than directly opposite each other.  This will create a balance.

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Vary the heights of your items – Use books stacked on their side as platforms.  Wood and lacquer boxes also work well as risers and are perfect for keeping photos or other treasures neatly stored. 

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Create layersStand up a beautiful plate, serving tray or a piece of art in the back of the shelf then work your way forward with shorted objects.

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And Let There Be Light!

Illuminate your shelves to spotlight the arrangements you have created and make your glass, gold or silver items shine!  If your shelves don’t have built in lighting you can add track lighting to the ceiling and focus spot lights on the shelves.  Or place a small lamp on a shelf, mount a picture light above a shelf or affix a puck light to the underside of a shelf.  Check with you local home improvement store for these quick lighting fixes to highlight your stories!

I hope this gives you some inspiration for your shelving.  Send us photos of your shelf creations!




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