How To Style Your Bookcase

How To Style Your Bookcase

I love looking at the different ways people style their bookcases, I think they are underrated in their ability to make a massive impact on how a room looks. So today I thought I would show you the different ways I arrange my selves and, hopefully, you might find some future inspiration on how to style your bookcase too.

A few times a year I like to switch up my room. Sometimes things can start to feel stagnant and even slightly rearranging your room can make a big difference to your mood. One of the main ways I do this is to rearrange my bookcase. It’s never anything drastic, probably not even noticeable to most. But when you see a room everyday you’ll notice the little changes. 

How To Style Your BookcaseAfter my most recent switcheroo, you can see how it recently looked by checking out my Bookcase Tour, I thought some of you might be interested in knowing how I style my bookcase. I would prefer it to look a bit more streamlined but everything on the shelves are meaningful to me. So until I have multiple bookcases across my own home, I’m stuck.

I do love my bookcase though; I think it has a very lived-in look, it’s an organised clutter of pretty trinkets and books. It has a soul, in my opinion.

For this post I’m mostly going to focus on the top three selves. The lower ones are usually blocked by Oscars crate so I don’t pay as much attention to styling them.How To Style Your Bookcase

My Tips On How To Style Your Bookcase

  • Stack books differently.

To bring space to the bookcase whilst still utilizing whatever is available I stack my books differently. I like to mix upright with horizontal and angled. When there isn’t simply a wall of book spines in your face it makes it make the overall appearance more breathable and less overwhelming. 

  • Group together similar genres.

I love the idea of organising my books by colour but splitting books from the same series up because they don’t match seems like a crime. Instead I mostly group together similar types of books. I keep series together, so all my classic novels, featuring the likes of Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte and Thomas Hardy are next to one another. Cheesy Romances are stacked on top of each other and any none series books by the same author are grouped together.

  • Display items.

Show off decorative or collective items and add personal touches with family photos; place them in front of, on top of or next to books. Break the predictable rules of placement and makes things look more interesting. Give the eye more to catch on. 

  • Feature calendars.

I love calendars so I enjoy featuring some desk styled ones on my bookcase. I love my most recent addition of the DIY Desk Calendar that I made in the New Year. The fake foliage also works into my next styling tip.

  • Add greenery. 

Plants belong anywhere and everywhere. So far I have the fake ones in the DIY calendar and a lovely real one in a Ikea teacup that failed in its one job of being a teacup. It is however mighty cute so I re-purposed it as a little plant pot. Mix in different textures to keep things engaging.

  • Utilize nice book covers.

If a book cover is appealing, display it. I’m currently only doing this with a notebook but I have used multiple books in the past. It’s such a waste to never be able to see the pretty front covers of books. 

  • Add dimension.

Decorating outside of the selves is a great way to add further dimension to your bookcase. I do this by draping lights, hanging decorative birds and pretty bags.

How To Style Your Bookcase


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Links To Items: (Globe, Basket, Tealight Holder, Glass Box, Artificial Plant, Round Glass Vase, Plant Pot)

These are the main tactics I employ when styling my shelves, but I’d love to know how you style your bookcase, so if you have any tips please let me know in the comments.


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16 Comments

  1. April 15, 2018 / 12:19 am

    Awww, I just purchased a new book shelf recently… I shall use this post as a reference 😊… if you don’t mind….

    • Sarah
      April 16, 2018 / 12:59 am

      Of course not! I’d love to see the end look, let me know if you put it up in a blog post! 😊

  2. April 9, 2018 / 6:22 am

    I was so excited to read this because I need ideas too. I’m so over putting all of my books upright. It looks so boring to me now lol. I love how yours look, so organized and it totally looks like a bookshelf of a book lover 😁

    • Sarah
      April 11, 2018 / 11:22 pm

      😊 Thanks Rossy! Yes, I definitely love my books, I’d have a whole room for books if I could, with those sliding ladders 😍

      • April 12, 2018 / 12:55 am

        Oooh that would be awesome!!

  3. April 8, 2018 / 3:10 pm

    Nice tips! I also noticed some book series that I own, as well lol

    • Sarah
      April 8, 2018 / 9:42 pm

      Thank you 😊 Which ones?

      • April 14, 2018 / 8:42 pm

        Divergent, Crossed, Marked, as far as I can see

        • Sarah
          April 15, 2018 / 12:15 am

          😊

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