In the advent of nooks, what to do with our books.

Whenever we start a new project, we look at the entire home … including all of the nooks. One of our favorite ways to make a statement in a room is by styling built-ins and bookshelves. Instead of hiding books in storage, we look to display them in fun and interesting ways.

Here are the things we’ve learned and what we’ve done that have made a difference:

1. Accessorize.

Who said bookshelves are just for books? Partnering books with small accessories (i.e. frames, bookends etc.) can create dimension and interest.

Bookshelf Styling

Bookshelf Styling

2. Wallpaper or paint the inside.

Another way we love to dress up a bookshelf is by wallpapering or painting the inside. This is a great way to soften the space and adds warmth to what otherwise could be a stark, bare bookshelf. The contrasting color on the back of the shelves will make the items on display pop.

Bookshelf Styling

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3. Library lights

Adding overhead lighting, or library lights, to a bookshelf is a small way to make a big difference. The lighting creates a showcase for your books and collections while adding a sense of drama to a room.

Bookshelf Styling

We love how when we look at Robin’s bookshelves our eyes are immediately drawn upwards because of the library lights. It elongates the space and adds an interesting element to the room.


Bookshelf Styling

4. Artwork.

Hanging a great piece framed art is one of our favorite ways to dress up a bookshelf. This creates a three-dimensional feel and breaks up the monotony of the lines of a bookshelf. Its unexpected, which is what we love.

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Bookshelf Styling

Another look at Robin’s bookshelves show how she’s always mixing it up! In addition to the library lights, she added a framed piece of art that really makes the shelves pop.


5. Mix it up. 

A fun way to mix it up with bookshelves is by stacking the books in creative ways or organizing them by color. Its a simple way to take your bookshelf up a notch.

Bookshelf Styling

 Bookshelf Styling

With these tips, a once-boring bookshelf can be turned into the focal point of a room!

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