Bookcases: Style and Function!

I had a request recently for some visual love of bookcases. Yes, bookcases hold books (duh). But they are also a place to display memories, photos and other treasures.

My older two boys made pet rocks in daycare one year when they were two. I still have them tucked in a special spot on one of my bookcases.

One of the challenges is how to style a bookcase. Do you line all the books up so that everything is totally linear and symmetrical? Perhaps. If you were arranging books in a library that were all the same size and shape a uniform look would work well. Sort of (can you tell I’m not the biggest fan?).

You can mix things up. Stack some books vertically, stack some horizontally.

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Give your books space to breathe – don’t cram the bookcase so full that it is bursting at the seams. This will visually open up your space.

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Incorporate special vases, plates and other decorative objects into your display. I was recently at my sister’s house helping with her bookcases and I started by raiding her buffet to incorporate some of her china on her bookshelf.

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Create visual interest in your items on display but also in the bookcase itself – grasscloth wallpaper is one example.

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Or paint the back …

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Sometimes the location of the bookcase dictates some of the form and function.

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Get creative with your standard Ikea bookcases. Add crown, add a base … amp up the architectural features – here is an example of a souped up “Billy” bookcase from Ikea:

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What do your bookcases look like? What are your favourite tricks to style your bookcases?

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About Sarah

Sarah is constantly ReDesigning things. From ReDesigning spaces for others or ReDesigning herself from corporate operations whiz into interior decorator and blogger – it’s all about ReDesign.

Posted on November 14, 2011, in Blog Posts and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Love the nook with Abbey Road print!

  2. We are kindred spirits when it comes to bookcases! I have created a site called The BookCase Project. http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-BookCase-Project/201733486549165
    I started the site in August, 2011 and the original intent was to be an archival site to post photos of bookcases. Since that time I have been posting published articles from across the globe on how technology is affecting hardback books, publishing houses, and bookshops. Also, I post book reviews. Please see my site, click “Like” and post these photos in the photo folder. Thanks

  3. White bookcase with a blue back is an interesting look. I like it!

  4. I struggle with bookcases, I can’t seem to keep them uncluttered!

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