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How To Style a Bookshelf

Styling something as large as a bookshelf can often be an intimidating task. Well, be afraid no more, as we’ll show you how it’s done in 3 easy steps!

Step 1

Gather all your books and accessories—we suggest using items of varying shapes and sizes. You’ll need a few round shapes, square shapes, and more organic ones as well. A good example of a more organic shape would be our purple Amethyst Geode. Each geode is unique in its shape and size. It can be used many ways—on a bookshelf, as a bookend, or simply a decorative accessory.

Amethyst Geode- Home Accents - Wisteria

Baskets are a great option to stow away smaller items, as they stay hidden but are still at reach when you need them. This Woven Rectangle Basket adds great texture and warmth to your bookshelf. You can use baskets in various sizes to break up the rows of books and keep items organized. Shop all sizes here!

Woven Rectangular Basket - Storage - Wisteria

Step 2

Arrange your decorative (and functional!) items. You can order them by size, color, or subject depending on personal preference. Be sure to mix it up by having some books standing and a few laying down—this will break up groupings and create a visual flow. Our Acrylic bookends will keep your books in order. Add your own pieces or leave them empty for a cleaner look.

Acrylic Bookends - Home Accents - WisteriaJuxtapose the square shapes of books with something round and add a pop of color while you’re at it! We love the handmade and organic feel of our Watermelon Pot. Each pot is unique, as it is made with a hand-glazed technique, and the turquoise is perfect for Spring!

Watermelon Pot - Vases - Wisteria

Step 3

Create height on each shelf. Use a mix of taller and shorter items to create a dynamic movement. Glass risers are perfect for lifting up shorter items and they blend perfectly into any decor, while adding a bit of shine.

Glass Risers - Home Accents - WisteriaWhen styling a tall bookcase like our Contemporary Bookshelf, you can create movement by looking at each shelf in blocks, so to speak. Each grouping of items is a block. If you notice in our first image, there are two blocks on the first shelf, three on the second and third, and two again on the bottom. This helps to divide and conquer, so you can style each shelf at a time. It’s much easier when you look at it in sections!


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