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7 Ways to Stylize Your Bookshelf to Match Your Apartment

Written by Posted On Wednesday, 11 December 2019 01:37

A bookshelf is more than a functional piece of furniture. It has a lot of decorative potential, too!

You have free reign to make it come alive with personality. From books and records to souvenirs and tchotchkes, you can use your shelf to display all kinds of things!

And it doesn’t matter which room your shelf is in, either. Whether it’s in your bedroom, living room, or any other room, you can use your bookshelf to add pizzazz to any space.

It’s possible to style a bookshelf to perfection, and you hold power to make it happen.

If your goal is to have a shelf that complements your interior, we have some tips for you. It’s time to achieve the decorative impact you’re seeking.

Here are five ways to stylize your bookshelf:

1. Decorative and Functional Boxes

Decorative boxes and baskets can add personality to the bookcase. And they’re useful for storage, too!

It’s a visually appealing way to make use of the space.

Plus, let’s not forget that it can help you hide and organize items better.

Some bookshelves double as walls. For example, you may have one between your kitchen and living room.

In that case, decorative boxes can help to create division in the space, so the two rooms don’t feel like they’re bleeding into one another.

Functional storage that adds to the interior is a perfect way to decorate your bookshelf.

2. Arrange Your Books by Color

It’s common to arrange books alphabetically, by author, or by topic.

While that makes sense from a practical standpoint, the newest trend is arranging books by color.

It may not be the most functional organization system, and you might have to spend a few extra minutes browsing your shelf for the right book.

However, it’s certainly the most eye-pleasing way to organize your literature!

Now, you must have a decently-sized library to make this work. If you’re an avid book collector, this is a fun project that can add a pop of color to any interior.

3. Add Natural Elements

Some apartment-dwellers are all about creating a zen-like space with a peaceful ambiance. If that sounds like you, then you’ll want some natural elements on your bookshelf.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Geodes as bookends
  • Small house plants
  • Seashells
  • Framed nature photos

Natural elements are sure to help you create that earthy feeling you’re looking for.

4. Put Wallpaper on the Back of Each Shelf

If your bookshelf is installed perpendicular to the wall, you could try wallpapering the back. This allows it to blend in with the rest of the room.

Pretty cool idea, huh?

Now, not everyone enjoys wallpapering. It’s kind of messy, and you can ruin your shelf if you do it wrong. So if you’d prefer not to deal with wallpaper paste (ick!), you should use peel-and-stick paper instead.

Removable paper is a lot of fun because it makes it easy to switch up the theme on each shelf. There are a lot of stylish wallpaper designs out there, so you can change yours whenever you want.

If you add permanent wallpaper, however, you’re stuck with a single design.

Whatever you choose, wallpaper that matches your interior will help you blend your shelf into the wall.

5. Fill in the Blanks

Do you have a lot of empty space on your bookshelf?

There are many things you can add to each level without overstuffing it.

Here are a few ways to fill up space:

  • A clock
  • A daily calendar
  • Some ceramic sculptures
  • Decorative bookends
  • Magazine holders that blend in well with the decor

As you can see, there are many ways to fill up empty shelf space. So move forward with finding elements that communicate your personality.

6. Have a Mix of Vertical and Horizontal Arrangements

One way to create an eye-catching bookshelf is by arranging your items in a unique way.

For example, instead of placing all of your books side-by-side, stack some of them horizontally. A mix of upright and sideways books will create a sense of “organized chaos” on your shelf.

Besides books, you can also do this with boxes and magazines. Even colorful accordion files will work!

To continue to add visual interest, place a few small objects in front of the books or boxes. If you have an eclectic theme in your apartment, use your arrangements to match your shelf with the rest of the room.

It’s your bookshelf, so use your imagination. Have fun and design a shelf that’s functional and bold.

7. Show Off Souvenirs

If you want to invite conversation, display some intriguing souvenirs from your travels.

For example, you could place some coins from different countries in a glass jar on your bookshelf, and add contrast by placing a pair of Geta shoes from Japan next to it.

Or, you could show off those starfish you found in Florida alongside that little plastic palm tree you got in Hawaii.

Whatever you like to collect, use your shelf to show it off!

In Summary

Are you ready to give your bookshelf a makeover? With any luck, you’ll create a stylish display that complements the rest of your apartment.

Add elements that not only blend in with the interior but add some personality, too. It’s your space, so play around with it as much as you like.

And when you’re done, you can marvel at your work and show it off to your friends! They’re going to love it, and you will too!


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Daniel is the Business Manager for Aspira at Anthem. With over two years’ experience in the industry, his top priority is finding the perfect home for his clients’ needs. He takes great pride in making a community feel like a great place to call home.

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