How to Style your Bookshelves

Good morning! How can it be April already? Why is it some days seem so long, but then the months seem to fly by?! We are excited to be heading to Haley’s school this weekend to see the play she is currently stage managing. The school is also performing ‘The Little Mermaid” so we will be going to that one too. It will be busy, but lots of fun.

Today we are talking about bookshelves. Have you ever had a hard time styling your bookcases? Do you use all books or do you display other items as well? I usually do a little of each, but it depends on what room the shelves are in or what the shelves are used for. Here are some tips to help you out!

family room bookshelves full view

*Display what you love!

This is the most important tip! Always display items you love! About a month ago, I reorganized my closet that stores my display items. I pulled out the items I really love and used them on my shelves in my family room. I have many items I could have used, but it was easy to pick out the things I really love or have special meaning to me. I would place those special items on the shelf and then as I pulled out more, I would add them in until I liked the way the shelf looked.

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*Power of 3…or 5…or any odd number

This is one of the major design rules-use odd numbers. Using odd numbers is pleasing to the eye. Of course, this isn’t a hard and fast rule. Sometimes, you can sneak in one more small item and the design will still work, but odd numbers just seem to work better.

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Here were the same shelves last fall. You can see I used some single items and the other shelves have an odd number of items.

fall family room styled book shelves

*Display items of different heights

Once you have picked your 3  or more items, make sure they are different heights. It is much more pleasing to the eye to have a place for your eye to travel. If some of your items are too similar in height, use books or similar items to lift one of your pieces. Also, when using books, use them both vertically and horizontally.

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*Keep your items in similar colors

One more thing to think of is the colors you are using. Again, the shelves will be more pleasing if your items are in similar colors or in the same color scheme. I use lots of neutrals with little touches of turquoise. When using neutrals, you can use any color as an accent. If I took out the turquoise glass float below, I could add in any other color and it would still work.

family room styled bookshelves

*Use Baskets

If your shelves have to hold necessary items, but not necessarily pretty items, use baskets to store them in. Baskets are great for items like remote controls, games and game controllers, DVD’s, paperwork and so much more. the baskets will give the shelves a cleaner and more uniform look. If using several baskets, try to have them similar in color and size to create a more uniform look.

family room bookshelves basket of books

*Texture

One last thing to consider is texture. You can see lots of textures in my family room bookshelves, from burlap to twine to seashells. Texture creates more interest than having all smooth items would.

I also have open shelving in my dining room. Even here, there are different textures. There are starfish, wooden platters, and glass dishes with a raised design. Some of the dishes are smooth and some have a rougher texture. These shelves hold quite a few more items than my family room shelves,  but you can still see how I used different heights to create interest. I used pink as my accent here, but again any color would work.

party tablescape dining room shelves

I hope this gives you some help when you go to style your bookshelves! I wold love to hear how you style your shelves and if you use any of these tips!

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Fall Decor Tips in the Family Room

Good morning! It’s October! Can you believe it? We have been having some beautiful weather this past week. I’ve been able to have the windows open and feel the breeze come through the house. It’s wonderful! My school visits the pumpkin patch this week and I hope to be able to pick up a few nice colored pumpkins while I am there.

I’ve continued my fall decorating through the house. You can see the the dining room here and the living room here. As you can see I changed from my green, black and white color scheme. I went a little more traditional in here. This room is separated from the living room, so I can change it up a little bit. I still used a lot of neutrals, but I added little touches of orange too. I have a few tips or ideas that I use when decorating for fall.

fall family room basket of pumpkins

  1. My first tip: Use what you have! Many of the pieces you already own can be used in your fall decor. Lanterns, baskets, burlap, cozy blankets. These items all add great texture and coziness to your rooms.

fall family room mantel lamp, pumpkin, wreathfall family room styled book shelves

fall family room silver pumpkin pinecones

2. Texture: I mentioned this above. Woven baskets are a great way to add texture and to store some other fall decor in. Baskets can be found everywhere from Craft and Art stores, to Walmart, to thrift stores. Baskets can be painted or left natural to fit your decor. There are woven ones or metal ones and many others in between. Burlap and nubby blankets also add texture.

fall family room pumpkins, books

fall family room ruler pumpkins and books

3. Natural Accents: Remember those baskets? Use them to store pinecones, pumpkins, acorns, ect. Fall is the perfect time to find things outdoors to use indoors. Even a tall basket full of sticks would be perfect. Of course, fall colored leaves add just the right touch to any room.

fall family room pumpkin, pineconesfall family room burlap pumpkin

4. Pumpkins, of course! Pumpkins in all different sizes, colors, fabrics and materials. I have pumpkins made of fabric, styrofoam and rulers, and of course, real ones too. I found these little burlap ones at the Dollar Tree.  Real ones come in all sorts of colors now too. Pick from orange, white, blues and greens.

fall family room blue lanternfall family room window pumpkins

5.  I didn’t use any in my family room but free printables are a great way to add small touches of fall to any room. Many bloggers offer some great designs. They can be placed in frames or on clipboards and changed out for the seasons or just your mood!fall family room lantern with acornsfall family room pumpkins with lights

6. Lights and candles: extra lamps add soft lighting, especially with the days getting shorter. I placed a lighted fall leaf garland in the wire basket on the hearth with some burlap and pumpkins. Scented candles are wonderful and really add to the fall mood.

fall family room owlfall family room lights and pumpkins

What else do you add to your rooms? I’m sure I missed some things. Let me know what you do for the fall season! I hope you all have a great week!

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