How to style a bookcase like a designer!


1.Take all of your books and separate them by color family. They don’t have to all be exactly the same color! Think: darks, whites/creams, cool colors, and warm colors. This will help create a cohesive look when the books are on the shelves. Choose hard cover books with the prettiest spines.IMG_1829

  1. Start placing your books – alternate stacks of books laying horizontally and vertically. Work either in a zig zag or “x” pattern. The empty spaces in between will allow to composition to breathe. If you do not have enough books, choose a large statement piece like an urn or a plate to take up that portion of the shelf.MMFC4634
  2. You can now add in family photos and small pieces of art. These should take up about 1/3 of the space – choose meaningful pieces, and remember that you can always rotate these to create a fresh new look.Sargent_nandina_-4090
  3. Place smaller accessories and sculpture to fill in the empty spaces of your bookcase. Create contrast with different colors, textures, or finishes from what is behind it. Stagger items, shapes and colors from one shelf to another. For example, you don’t want to have a vertical row of picture frames or books.2O3G0915b
  4. Take a step back to see if the bookcase looks and feels balanced. You may have to do this several times. Another great method is to take photos as you go, as sometimes it’s easier to see what you’ve missed when you’re looking at a photo!book
  5. Remember, have fun! Bookcase styling is one of the easiest ways to transform a room, and you can always change it up if you get bored. Like we’ve always said – it’s the smallest details in a room that make that the design feel complete.



  1. Posted by Donna Brantley

    Used your information today to recreate the top of my kitchen cabinets without spending a dime! Amazing with some pros info and a little effort how I changed the whole look. Thanks, have a blessed and great week!!!

    Posted March 5, 2016 at 4:22 pm | Reply
    • Posted by Susan

      Donna, we love to hear that our advice was helpful. Follow us on Instagram or Facebook and post a picture of how you restyled the top of your cabinets. We would love to see it!

      Posted March 5, 2016 at 8:27 pm | Reply
  2. Posted by James

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    Posted March 31, 2016 at 6:00 am | Reply

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