I think one of the hardest things for most people to do is style bookcases. Believe me.....it is a process....and doesn't happen without a lot of thought.
The other day I got a call to help with this very thing and even though these pictures aren't the best....I thought I could use the opportunity to give you a few elementary basics using only what she had.
Here is a picture of what they looked like in the beginning.
We made a date for me to come back and I told her to empty all the shelves and place things that had meaning in a separate area so I would know to use them....
Here is a shot of the beginning.
The hardest part is where to start....
So I started organizing everything...... Similar colors with the hardbacks and putting paperbacks and accessories in a separate pile.
Kind of like cleaning your desk before you start working.
Here is the after...
Don't be afraid to change the height of shelves. I added the 2 black and white pictures and tried to build around them. As you can see towards the end...I ran out of things....but remember I was using only what she had.
Put the best things at the top and eye level. You can always fill in lower shelves later.
I asked her for baskets to add texture and it also helped to use the paperbacks turned backwards.
When you run out of pictures....use books to create the same look.
I used the largest picture on the tallest bookshelf to help create a focal point.
These were the shortest bookshelves under the oval window.
One more time...the before
And the after...
The thing about bookshelves in a library/office is that they should tell a story. The books you love, the mementos from travels and special moments in your life. Not everything has to be styled with all trendy objects you go out and buy. I think you want to walk in...and see something that brings back a memory.
While I was doing them...I stood back many times....took a few pictures so I could see what areas needed tweaking. As the client said... she now has a blueprint to add more books and change a few things out if she wants.
Have I given you something to do this weekend?
.....these took me about 2 1/2 hours although I did not have to empty all the shelves!
I tried to get a better picture of the John Robshaw [Kendra] fabric we used for the roman shades in the laundry room for you...when I took back the shortened curtains :) I do love this fabric.