Haha! Vertigo Anyone? Sorry, I couldn’t resist. I have 33 more images to share with y’all and the sensible me would divide them up, but naaaaaahhh…(although, in the end, I did because I had about 50 images! One day I’ll do a separate post on libraries)
Once upon a time, bookcases were for books. Right? Well, they still are, of course, but sometimes, they aren’t. With the advent of kindle, etc. people are reading far fewer hard copy books and some people don’t read much in the way of books at all. So, some bookcases are more decorative in nature or a wonderful way to display your treasures and collections and maybe a few books or a lot of books.
I’m going to list some ideas and then intersperse some of the photos within the list. Some of you may already know about some of this, but hopefully, I’ll give you some new info to ponder, as well. (please note, any uncredited photos, were left uncredited because I could not locate the original source.)
So, here’s rule one on how to style a bookcase.
- Don’t feel that you have to place all the books vertical. Mixing up the books both vertically and horizontally as it makes for more visual interest.
Oh wait. Maybe that’s a little too interesting. (although, I have to say that the funky streak in me, kinda likes it.) That’s Nigella Lawson. Yes, interesting is the word. Time for someone to have a tag sale! lol Alright, I’ll get serious now. [maybe] ;]
A detail of a bookcase belonging to Mimi Mortimer.
Wonderfully styled bookcase by Mark D. Sikes. Please notice how he has also layered his displays by placing a clock on top of some books and used Chinoiserie (my spell checker thinks that word should be trichinosis—lol!!!) blue and white ginger jars as bookends.
- hi-light your beautiful collections!
- use organic materials such as coral or driftwood, crystals or shells
- group like with like
- think composition of a whole entity
- add art pieces either hung on the outside frame and/or as part of a composition
- consider balance and form, texture and color.
- layer books, objects and mirrors
- do not overcrowd!
Another wonderful Emily Henderson creation
What a fun collection of colorful porcelain winged creatures. Feels very vintage.
Fresh, modern styling from South African designer Kim Stephen. But, is it me, or does that lamp look photo-shopped onto the image?
Total coincidence, but this is another very talented South African interior designer, John Jacob He has a fabulous portfolio which you might enjoy viewing. I love his organic decorating!
Above and below is a young fresh, modern home office by writer Ellie Somerville
- coordinate the books by color (for those with OCD– (Obsessive Color Disorder)
I bet she color codes her clothes too. I still love her. Windsor Smith!
This could very well be a young woman’s first apartment. Ikea shelves spray painted yellow! Fun!
- wrap your books in pretty paper for a unified look.
- Consider highlighting a color by painting a freestanding bookcase or painting the back of the shelves or using one primary color to tie the entire scheme together.
Ikea shelves again!
Love the different shades of green and of course, the doggies.
- Don’t forget to illuminate your bookshelves! I love lighting that’s attached to the pilasters or overhead. There are many examples in the coming images.
House and Home January 2011
Aerin Lauder exquisiteness. That painting makes the room, don’t you think?
Here’s the Aerin fixture (you can just make out the bottom in the image) sold by Circa Lighting. If you want one, (or two) please let me know! (it’s only $4,192.00. What is it they say about the rich getting richer?) ;]
and here too.
Books in a bedroom! Love it!
One of my very, very fave designers, the team of husband and wife, Steve and Brooke Giannetti! Love how they worked in a sophisticated (and subtle) “sports theme” into this gorgeous billiard room.
Home office styling. Very stylish!
And finally, an oft pinned room and for good reason. It’s perfect and Meg Braff, the designer has deftly employed all of the principles of beautiful bookshelf styling in one classic, truly timeless composition! Great room!
phew! That was a long one but I enjoyed putting it together for y’all!