For Fun Friday // Bookshelf Styling

Bookcases are such a great place to add personality to a room, but they can often be an intimidating area to style. We have a few easy tricks that we think will help get you started. 

Design: Pure Salt Interiors, Photo: Steph Anderson Photography

Design: Pure Salt Interiors, Photo: Steph Anderson Photography

Books, books, and more books! It is a BOOKcase after all, so gather all your books and start sorting. If you have hardbacks that don't go with your color scheme, try taking the jacket off, there's often a beautiful (and more neutral) base underneath. Stack them in varying heights and top with a decorative object (we love using sea glass beads here!).

Design: Pure Salt Interiors, Photo: Steph Anderson Photography

Design: Pure Salt Interiors, Photo: Steph Anderson Photography

Design: Pure Salt Interiors, Photo: Steph Anderson Photography

Design: Pure Salt Interiors, Photo: Steph Anderson Photography

Turning the books around is the perfect option if you're not loving the spines. We love pretty bookends, but we're also a fan of using other decor pieces to cap off a stack of books. Vases, geodes, and small plants all make great substitutes for bookends! Try stacking your books both horizontally and vertically to mix up the lines and add more dimension. 

Design: Pure Salt Interiors, Photo: Steph Anderson Photography

Design: Pure Salt Interiors, Photo: Steph Anderson Photography

Design: Pure Salt Interiors, Photo: Steph Anderson Photography

Design: Pure Salt Interiors, Photo: Steph Anderson Photography

When arranging items on multiple shelves, be mindful of color and size. You want to place items in opposing positions of each other, almost as if it's a zig zag going down the bookcase. If you take a peek at the photo below you'll notice how the greenery is placed at the top left, then moves down to the right, then moves down to the left. Now take a look at the horizontal books, and you'll see they start at the top right, move down to the left, and then down to the right. This makes the bookcase look balanced and cohesive, without having similar items right on top of each other. 

Design: Pure Salt Interiors, Photo: Vanessa Lentine

Design: Pure Salt Interiors, Photo: Vanessa Lentine

Don't hesitate to add small art pieces, and other fun display items. The finished result should be a refection of your taste and personality, which we're sure is worth a shelfie.

PS. We've added our favorite books to the Shoppe to give you a head start!