Believe it or not, the bookcase can be part of your interior decor. In fact, organizing items on shelves to look aesthetically pleasing is one of my favorite ways to decorate. Of everything I learned in the Interior Design program, the accessorizing section sticks in my mind more than anything else. It doesn’t matter whether you have: hundreds of books, or just a few dozen; rows and rows of shelves, or just a small bookcase. How can you display books (or movies) on a bookshelf to incorporate accessories? It’s actually pretty easy; just follow these steps.
1. Organize the books in an order you like. First of all, you will need to remove the books (or movies) that are currently on your shelves–unless they are already organized in an order that works for you. Alphabetically by title, by author, or by genre: Do what makes most sense to you. Don’t put them back onto the shelves until they have been organized in a way that you like. Mine aren’t really organized in any way other than being grouped by topic. Also, some of my books are taller, so they need to stay on the bottom shelves, where there is more room. Definitely keep size in mind.
2. Line up the books along the shelves. Now it’s time to put them back onto the bookcase. You can start by lining up some of the books (or movies) with their bindings showing. But don’t put them all up this way; lining up all the books side by side can look incredibly boring and not at all aesthetically pleasing. Then place a small stack of books onto the shelves with their backs down, bindings still showing. This stack should be about half the height of the books it is next to. The final step is to place another stack or two with their covers facing the viewer (with your very favorite in the front, since no one will see books behind it). There should be chunks of lined-up books, lying-down books, and forward-facing books randomly throughout the bookcase; but leave a couple spots empty.
3. Add accessories to the empty spots. Accessories can include anything decorative: picture frames, ceramic bowls, vases–I actually have a couple candles on my movie case. Just please don’t burn them while they are on the shelves surrounded by books. If you have so many books or movies that they are taking up the entire bookcase, don’t worry; you can still accessorize. Lean a framed photo against the book bindings or place a small bowl on top of the books that are lying on their backs. The candles on my movie case? I put them right in front of the forward-facing movies, where there was a little empty space. Just make sure you don’t cover up anything you want guests to see when they are looking for a book to read or a movie to watch.
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