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Publication Date: 2015-02-24

Design Insights

7 Secrets to a Perfectly Styled Bookcase

I always say that good design is all in the details and sometimes it can be difficult to get the little details just right. This is especially true when it comes to styling a bookshelf. Filling up large amounts of empty space in an artful way is no easy task. Whenever I’m re-styling my own bookshelves it often takes me hours! If you’re stuck on how to style your bookshelves, here are 7 tips that will help you overcome the challenge and make your bookshelves look picture perfect!


1. Use interesting objects as bookends. Bookends are certainly functional but not all are very stylish. Instead of hunting for traditional bookends, try using something more unconventional like a marble sculpture or a heavy vase to help anchor your books.

2. Add pieces with a sculptural feel. Incorporate accessories with a unique shape to bring a sculptural feel to your bookshelf arrangement and to add a bit of drama.

3. Alternate between horizontal and vertical book stacks. I prefer a more eclectic look to my bookshelves vs having each book perfectly aligned. Alternate the direction of your books with some standing vertically and some laying horizontally. Mix in a few of your favorite objects for even more interest.

Read the rest of the tips on So Haute


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