Mar 8, 2016

Bookshelf Styling

We are only a couple of weeks away from spring!  (Cue angels singing.)  Lately, I've been feeling so antsy for sunshine and warmer weather.  To combat that antsy feeling, I've been fluffing my nest as often as time allows.  One of the things I've been doing is some minor tweaking of the books and things on our living room built-ins.

I will just start out by saying, I know nothing about bookshelf styling.  All I know is what I like and what I don't like.  I think most of us can all say that.  We know when we like something a certain way and we know when something looks off.

I recently bought two new matching baskets from Marshalls for both of the top shelves.  I've always had baskets on the top shelves to house a collection of random books.  But the old baskets were very dark in color and just seemed very "heavy" to me.  I like the light airy color of these baskets much better and I like that they are identical because symmetry is something I like.

Here are a few other things I like when it comes to styling bookshelves:
• a combination of books and other cute or meaningful objects (mostly books)
• enough white space... I want to see part of the back of the bookshelf.  It makes everything feel lighter to me.
•combine like color objects... I like to do this with my books (with these bookshelves, I chose to use a combination of blue, yellow and green book spines, along with neutrals)
•the last, and probably most important thing I do, is the style and step back method :-)  I style an object or group of books, step back, and then keep it if I like it, or change things around until I do.  It's all about trial and error.

Have you been fluffing your nest in anticipation of spring?


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