Oh…bookshelves…there may be no better way to produce a frustrated home owner-DIYer than to force book arranging on them. And, by the way, decorators are a dime a dozen and they all have ideas about what’s right for you. So, let me break it down, you can totally do this yourself.
First, what’s your book personality? Do you have millions of books you can’t part with? Do you have twenty books total and lots of accessories? Are you somewhere in the middle?
Do you have a million books? This room works for a few reasons. The bookcase shelves are high, leaving a little breathing room in each shelf. The shelves fit in a defined area, corner to corner, so you don’t see six feet of jammed chaos followed by a blank wall (more on this in a future post). Bonus, the color arrangement is very defined, which is easy on the eyes.
This is NOT easy on the eyes. I can’t judge, I have had several bookcases in my day that looked and functioned just like this one. There is something about the person who lives here, a genius hard at work, in love with reading and learning. Not in love with design…
Do you have a few books and lots of accessories? This works because the shelfs make nice jogs back and forth with their placement of books and accessories. And, the items that visually weigh the most are at the bottom, grounding the whole piece.
Compare the black bookcase above to this one here. There is a shelf of books then one of accessories, one of books, one of accessories. Besides that the accessories are too small for the space they are claiming, there is no flow here, making my eyes stop visually.
So conquer your fears today. Rip all the books off the shelves and start over. Arrange by color, alternate accessories and reading, climb every mountain, ford every stream, follow every rainbow!!
AND…can you believe it, my bookshelf is finally finished! I arranged it by color, which I love, and added a few of my Dad’s vintage cameras. The whole area isn’t quite done…more pictures later.
(images from Apartment Therapy, The Spring Cure and Colour Lovers)