How the crap do I style this bookshelf?

Books are magical. Literally. They take you places you never dreamed of, they teach you things you didn’t know you needed to know and they show you your inner imagination in a way you had no idea existed.

Well then why can’t I “imagine” a way to make my books look eclectic? Romantic? Vintage? Like a dusty library?

I have the answer for you.

It’s because it’s not already there for you to draw inspiration from. You actually have to do the writing, so to speak. Think of your bookshelf as the adventure you want to take for the next 2 months, 7 months, 3 years! What does your library mean to you? Is it simply a haven of imagination? Or is it something more?

Alice could be in Wonderland right on the second shelf behind an adorable succulent, faux or not. I have no green thumb to speak of, so Alice would be in a fake forest at my house.

Color? Texture? Age? Author? Theme? Story? Jacket vs no jacket? Stacked or spined? Forward or backward? Up or down? In or out?

Who’d-a-thunk there would be so many things running through your noggin when you are “simply” trying to put books and treasures on a shelf?

#newsflash !! There are a ton.

Let’s start with the basics, shall we?

Pick your theme.

1. Color-arrange your books by color. You can go by ROYGBIV or mint with mint, warm colors vs cool colors, light vs dark or bright vs dull! I have even had some clients ask that their books be painted to fit with a certain color story.

**if you’re like me, you don’t what to risk the books integrity or hurt its feelings by actually painting it, so make a book cover like you did in elementary school and paint that instead! Wax on, wax off!

2. Alphabetically with a twist! Add in big letters to separate your books. You can go by title, author or content. Try a neutral for the oversized letters, and only use letters for the books you have the bulk of, don’t want it to get too junky. Besides, depending on how big or small your space is, you may only have room for 2 or 3. You can get chipboard, paper, cardboard, metal, marquee etc….and then paint them or leave them raw!

3. Thrift store extraordinare. Add in kitchy details, chunky glass and a bowl full of odds n’ ends to spruce up your stagnant shelves. Mix and match your collection and stack or spine your books to create a “market” feel with an upscale look.

4. Eclectic Collector. Who says bookshelves need to be primarily books? You could display your vintage camera collection with books as your pedestals. You could show off your shiny objects with books behind them to create a dreamy landscape.

What about all that milk glass you have from your latest obsession? #gottahavethatmilkglassvase

Stack it up, turn it upside down, line it up or spread it out. Use books to divide and fill space.

5. Leave well enough alone. No twist, no collection, no frills or accoutrements. Just paper and thread and ink. Simply, classically, stylishly, beautiful.

You’re home is who you are. It’s your persona delightfully splattered like a paint brush attached to the hand of a kid on a trampoline who just found out he’s going to Disneyland.

Let your freak flag fly and show off your style! Sometimes it takes a LONG time to come up with, but it’s so worth the wait.

Play! Okay?
Read soon.

-E

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