Photo: Amber Interiors
What's a bookshelf without books? However, your styled shelf isn't the place to load up with every book you've ever owned (that means put your old college textbooks away). Keep it simple and select your favorites! Depending on your preferences and the number of shelves in your case, you should count on displaying anywhere from 10 - 20 books, and be sure to use varying sizes. Switch up between stacking books horizontally and vertically for an especially interesting look.
Containers in various sizes and shapes can be as functional as they are aesthetically pleasing on your styled bookcase. Larger boxes can be used to keep clutter at bay, and also as platforms to add height to your smaller accent pieces. Perhaps fill a glass canister with matches for a utilitarian purpose and a stylish look! In some cases, boxes and accent pieces can be one in the same, and we do love any product that pulls double-duty.
4. Photos or Prints
Was your grandmother's bookshelf or tabletop packed solid with framed family photos? Yeah, that's not what we're looking for here. However, a bookshelf can be a great place to display a personal photo or two, provided they are tasteful and in beautiful frames. If pictures aren't your thing, framed prints can be a fabulous option as well, whether they depict a piece of art or your favorite saying. Don't be afraid to mix and match, or take the modern approach and display photos via your iPad!