Looking to decorate your bookcase? Here are five easy steps to follow, and elements to incorporate for your own home’s bookcases.
I’m writing this post…..
….because sometimes this is a decorating blog.
Sometimes the blog tells stories (those are totally my favorite).
Sometimes the blog makes a recipe (not so much).
And sometimes we decorate.
Today is one of those days.
And we are talking about how to decorate your bookcase.
Raise your hand if you’ve ever stood in front of an empty bookcase with a perplexed expression on your face, looked to the sky for inspiration and sighed….
…and wished the bookcase would just decorate itself.
I’ve been there.
That’s why I always decorate a bookcase by the numbers.
It’s super simple. I use a formula on how to decorate a bookcase. It’s an expert bookcase decorating strategy that I should totally take on the road and make millions off of QVC. Once I figured it out the step-by-step, bookcase decorating became as easy as tying your shoes.
All I have to do to is follow the list.
How to Decorate Your Bookcase
1. Something to read
I know. Hello Captain Obvious.
Bookcases were made for books.
I know that books are overlooked these days in favor of screens and electronics, but when I’m decorating bookcase, I always, always, always start with the books.
Sometimes I cover them.
Sometimes I stack them.
Sometimes they are vintage and old and well-loved.
But the foundation of any bookcase styling begins and ends with the books.
2. Decorate your bookcase with something to take up space
Bookcases have a lot of extra room. If you filled up every single shelf with books it would totally head into Downton Abbey territory (not that there’s anything wrong with that). But just in case the Earl of Grantham isn’t your father you want to fill up the extra space on your bookshelf with something interesting. I use baskets or boxes or metal tins or numbered boxes or wire baskets or large pieces of whiteware.
Then I stack all those books against it and in front of it or beside it so it fits in perfectly.
3. Decorate with something that leans
When you are styling a bookcase, sometimes you have all that space in the back that looks empty and forlorn. It’s like your books are too short. That’s when you fill up the space with something that leans. I use wreaths or pictures or signs or mirrors or vintage tins or the back of a chair like this.
Anything and everything that will fill up the vertical space in the bookcase.
4. Decorate your bookcase with something with texture
All that leaning and stacking and filling up space can get kind of flat. You want your bookcase to stand out from the rest. You want it to be the kind of bookcase where people walk into a house and nod to each other and say “That is SOME bookcase.”
Just add texture.
Texture makes a bookcase sing with personality.
I use antler bowls and textured baskets and patterned wooden balls and metal spheres and vintage urns and reclaimed wood lanterns with a distressed patina.
(total aside: a decorating post would not be official without using the word….patina). 🙂
5. Decorate your bookcase with something metallic
You’re almost done.
You’re almost there.
The bookcase has been stacked and filled and now you simply need the finishing touch. Just add a little bit of shine. Metal brings the icing to the cake—the cherry to the sundae—the earrings to the outfit.
For my bookcase earrings, I use metal spheres and metal letters and metal boxes and giant wire accessories.
Decorating a bookcase by the numbers…..
….it’s going to be big…I’m telling you.
If you try this, let me know how it works for you.
Let me know what you think.
Let me know if your bookcase is the talk of the next party.
And be sure and let me know….
….if you have a contact over at QVC. 🙂