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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 15:34

Five Tips for Styling a Bookshelf

One of the elements that gives a room character is the smaller details, such as accessories. These items can infuse personality into a space. While we don't recommend over-loading your home with too many small accessories we do believe that styling pieces such as bookcases and open cabinets with a few of those accessories plays a major role in the overall look of your home. Since styling isn't a skill that always comes easily we've put together five tips for styling the bookcases and open shelving in your home.

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Of course, you're going to use a bookcase to store books but that doesn't mean they should be placed without any thought. Use one or two shelves to place them in the traditional manner. Then stack a few books here and there and finish by turning a few or all of them backwards so that the pages are showing. This creates a more casual vibe to what can otherwise result in a stuffy feel.

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Use open shelving as an opportunity to add a little mood lighting. A fun lamp in a bookcase or étagère adds a boost of energy to a space. Typically something short and chunky works best when used in open shelving. Plus, it highlights all those pretty accessories.

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Open shelving can provide stylish storage. Baskets and decorative boxes are a styling go-to for avoiding clutter. Use larger bins towards the bottom to ground the piece and work the smaller ones in towards the top for easy access.

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Don't forget the natural elements. Greenery and fresh flowers have the ability to breathe life into a space. Contrast those earthy elements with metallic accessories in gold or silver for an eclectic mix.

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Display your pretty pieces sparingly. Alternate the number of items used on each shelf. For example, if one shelf holds one large piece then place a grouping of various sized pieces on the next shelf. And remember, less is more. Edit the final look and remove anything that makes the piece look too busy or cluttered.

You should always use the open shelving in your home to add more style. If you're struggling with how to work the style in these spaces then let us help you. Schedule an appointment with a designer to help you with any decorating project, large or small.


Tuesday, 15 November 2016 14:42

Four Stylish Ways to Use Bookcases

A bookcase is one of those pieces of furniture that serves many purposes but is rarely given the credit it deserves. Bookcases are hardworking, versatile and such a great way to add some personality to a room by styling them with the right pieces. Check out some of our favorite ways to use bookcases that go beyond the basic need of organizing books by giving a space a whole new look.

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Anchor a TV console by flanking it with a pair of bookcases. This creates a more substantial look and adds some stylish storage. Plus, it's a great alternative to a complete wall unit in a small space. Fill the shelves with books, pottery and any other favorite decor pieces. Add some stylish bins and boxes to the mix to store smaller items.

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Line the wall of a playroom or game room with painted cube style bookcases for a punch of color. You'll have plenty of storage not only for books but for smaller items such as games and toys. A shorter height is also more casual and it provides a place to prop or hang some fun artwork.

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When space allows, a bookcase in a bathroom is a beautiful and unexpected addition. Opt for a piece with pretty doors which adds another element to the room. Doors will also keep necessities out of view which always helps a smaller space look more organized.

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A bookcase is a necessity for an office but that doesn't mean it can't be the focal point of the room. A statement piece like this one has so much detail and architectural interest it's sure to keep you organized and inspired.

It is possible to add style with bookcases. Just think about how to use them in unexpected ways and always look for pieces with visual interest. Visit our showroom to find what you're looking for and meet with one of our designers to discuss the best way to use it.

Published in Living Room Furniture