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Is your bookshelf looking tired? If it seems sleepy, there’s a simple solution:
Spruce it up!
As it happens, there are plenty of ways to upgrade your bookshelf to match your apartment.
Think of styling your bookshelf as a math equation. Work on creating the perfect balance of space and interest. Each piece should make an impact, so only add pieces you value.
Your new and improved bookshelf should showcase your interests and highlight your apartment.
Follow the steps in this article, and you’ll no doubt love the outcome.
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Infuse Unique Storage Options
Bookshelves are perfect for displaying books (of course!) and decorative elements. However, it’s okay to add in some chic storage options, too.
You might prefer to store some items in your closet instead of on your bookshelf. But depending on how you organize your closet, finding things in there can be like searching for a needle in a haystack. (Not to mention, if your closet is full, you may not be able to find anything at all!)
So, consider using smart storage solutions to keep items on your bookshelf that you’d like within reach. But, be sure to think outside the box (literally!) and use unique containers.
Plastic containers are fine, but they’re not exactly eye-pleasing. Instead, go with some wicker or wire baskets. They’ll add a sense of vintage flair that makes your shelf more stylish.
Go for Odd Numbers
In the past, you might have only decorated with items in even numbers. But did you know that adding an odd number of elements is a great way to make things stand out?
Styling a bookshelf with groups of three or five items is more visually appealing.
Odd numbers attract our brains because they challenge us to look for order. So, by going with three frames or plants instead of two, you’ll create a much more dynamic look.
Get the conversation going by adding souvenirs from your adventures. If you’re a frequent flyer and can’t help but bring home some fun mementos, you might as well show them off!
Try grouping like-objects together on a shelf. For some variation, display different items that vary in height.
As an example:
When displaying figurines, place a larger one such as the Eiffel tower next to a small monument.
Make it a habit to get a new souvenir every time you travel (but don’t let your bookshelf get cluttered). Your guests will look forward to seeing your collection grow!
Apply Nailhead Trim
Usually, people use nailhead trim on furniture and upholstery. It’s perfect for adding a bit of pizzazz to ordinary furniture pieces!
But now, people are using nailhead trim on hard surfaces. You’ll see it on things like closet doors, cabinet doors, and — you guessed it — bookshelves!
If you’re going for a simplistic look, apply it only around the edges. For a more decorative approach, create a detailed pattern with your nails.
To test out patterns, start with adhesive nailheads. If a specific pattern grows on you, you can always replace them with permanent ones.
Nailhead trim is perfect for stylizing your bookshelf. It’ll look attractive and make it stand out from other furniture pieces in your apartment!
Use a Ladder as a Bookshelf
If you’re tight on space, why not use a ladder in place of a bookshelf?
You’ll have less room to put your books and decorations, but your apartment won’t look as cluttered.
If you’re lucky enough to have a lot of space, you can still use ladders for shelving. Put a few ladders side by side to create a fresh and unique design!
Incorporate Natural Elements
Creating a nature-themed bookshelf is a fun process. Try adding elements such as pebbles, sea glass, or potted plants for an interesting, eco-centric touch.
Adding wallpaper with a floral or leaf pattern is another way to infuse nature into your shelf design. If you really want to feel like you’re in the wild, only add books that have green, brown, or beige spines.
A bookshelf with natural elements can give your apartment a relaxed, meditative vibe, and might be just what you need. After a crazy day, chilling near your nature-inspired bookshelf will help you wind down.
Add Uniquely Shaped Items
To give your bookshelf an extra distinctive look, include some elements with quirky shapes.
For example, a piece of coral will do the trick, especially if you have an ocean-themed shelf. An oddly shaped vase or a jewelry tree could also help.
Use your imagination and experiment with new shapes. But be warned:
Soon, your bookshelf may have a mind of its own!
Decorating your bookshelf doesn’t have to be difficult. With these ideas, you can have a shelf that matches your apartment perfectly.
Just be careful not to go overboard. If it starts looking too cluttered, stop what you’re doing.
The goal is to have a bookshelf that looks nice and communicates your personality but also helps you stay organized. After all, an organization is a whole point of having a shelf in the first place!
Caitlin Sinclair has seven years of experience in managing high-end apartment communities. Her ability to deliver white-glove service to her residents and prospects has propelled her into a successful career that now finds her leading the team at Vicino.