While House Tweaking blogger Dana has a day gig as a pharmacist, her styling and DIY skills could rival any industry insider's. After spotting her do-it-yourself shelving tutorial, we felt inspired by the beautiful design moments of this focal point. While the perfect piece of furniture is undoubtedly important, it's really the styling that takes a piece to the next level. Read on for our four no-fail tips on how to trick out any shelving unit!
Four Bookshelf Styling Secrets to Live By
- Incorporate something from nature
- Store your stuff in style
- Rearrange your books
- Scope out sculptural elements
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Boxes, baskets, trays, and bins help banish clutter, but they should also serve as decor. Look for pieces with interesting textures, patterns, or color, like this roundup of chic boxes.
While it's tempting to get stuck in the vertical stacking method, don't be afraid to mix it up. Try separating your books into vertical and horizontal stacks. Organize horizontal stacks into small, neat piles and top them with decorative objects like vases or framed pictures. Organize vertical stacks in a similar way, but accessorize them with bookends.
Adding some eye candy to your bookshelf will help to keep it from looking like a hanging storage unit. Objects with beautiful shapes like vases (even without flowers!) or metal spheres will create visual interest.