Whether you have built-ins or simply need more shelf storage, styling shelves can create a visually appealing concept.
When it comes to the actual styling. Place a few books horizontal and a few vertical to create a visual interest. For a minimal look, only stack about 4-5 books, whether vertical or horizontal. You don’t need to use actual bookends for propping the books up. Try other objects that are heavy in weight.
With the books lying horizontally, place an object on top of it. Whether it be a sculpture, a plant, or a picture. If you have a free standing bookshelf and space above it, feel free to place a few items on top. This will create a more grand appearance and enlarge the look of the room.
Anchor a freestanding bookshelf with visually heavy objects on the last bottom shelf. It will make the bookshelf appear more grounded and it will create a visual balance. Layer picture frames by size to maximize the space as well as create visual interest.
There is no right or wrong when styling your shelves. It is suppose to make sense to you and be visually appealing for you. Do it right, take your time and arrange and organize as many times as it take before you really like it. Also remember nothing is set in stone, you can always update and change your shelves. Add a few seasonal trinkets here and there for a more lived in- homey feel.
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