Setting up Decorative Bookshelves

Bookshelves in our homes don’t just have a functional aspect but they are also a creative outlet for homeowners. But more often than not bookshelves are reduced to their functional aspect, dust collecting over long-forgotten items that hold forgotten significance to the homeowner or their homes. With correct planning and placements of items, bookshelves can entirely transform a living space for the better. You can always use bookshelves to showcase the best moments of your life along with your preferences and tastes that can act as a physical extension of your personality. While storage in a house might be limited, bookshelves can add verve to your home along with additional storage space.


  1. The first thing that you can do to get started is to sift through items that you already have. We often let ornamental pieces get neglected and left in the wrong place, but with some strategic placement on a shelf, an old item might bring some new life. “Shop” in your homes, repurpose old picture frames and other accessories you must have received as a gift and forgotten about. When you have fished for the right items that will adorn your bookshelves start placing them in an order that aligns with your vision. If you want a monochrome look, get items that satisfy that taste if you want something with more panache, bring in more colour and so on. Find out which items might manifest your vision and start placing them.

  2. The next thing you need to keep in mind is to avoid overcrowding, you might have found some swoon-worthy pieces but there is no reason to stuff all of them on a small shelf. The key to decorating your bookshelves is strategic placement. You might be proud of those million trophies you won in your heyday, but try to space them out as much as you can so that they can shine brighter in their own space. Choose a cleaner and organised look, dumping a bunch of different things will not make your bookshelves look better. Assess the overall balance of your look and then accordingly arrange your items.
  3. Now moving on to the things you can include to decorate your bookshelves better after you have plotted a mindmap of your vision. Display your mementoes from school or your exciting travels to make your bookshelf a scrapbook of memories and adventures. While many books are a must for any civilized individual, bookshelves must not only contain books but other accessories. Your antique cameras and sturdy succulents will make a great addition to your bookshelves. Put in artworks of your own or local artists and pictures of you and your family to decorate your bookshelves. Paint your bookshelves a contrasting colour to your walls to draw focus and attention to your tastefully decorated bookshelves. The list is practically endless and as long as an item can fit in a shelf well it can always be used for decoration in a bookshelf.

Decorating a shelf might seem a very mundane activity but it can be an outlet for something constructive. Decorating your alcove depends on your specific tastes and preferences. Explore your local thrift shops and homes to find unique pieces that will adorn your bookshelves. Look for inspiration on the internet and other places to find your unique vision and bring it to life.

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