~ Sharon Tara New Hampshire Home Stager ~ Below is a terrific post full of before and after photos and tips on how to decorate those builtin book cases and shelves. Thank you Sharon for letting me re-blog and share with my readers.
NH Home Makeovers - Tips For Decorating Your Bookcase Shelves
Too often bookcases and built-ins become a convenient catch-all. They get over stuffed with books, magazines, remotes, dvd's, photos, and collectible figurines. The contents of the shelves remain there, not because of value or sentimental attachment, but because the homeowner doesn't have the time to sort through them and has no clue how to decorate the shelves.
Bookcases are not just for books, adding interesting and colorful pieces is a good idea. Too often, though, the line between decorative and cluttered becomes cloudy. You don't want your shelves to look like a place where knick-knacks and tchotchkes go to die.
Start by completely clearing the shelves. Determine what will return to the shelves and what will be discarded. (Trash, donate, or sell)
Choose medium to large size items, rather than a bunch of really small items.
When placing books, stand some up and stack some on their side.
A shelf can have any combination of books and decorative pieces or just one or the other.
Don't crowd the shelves. Leave some open space. It's ok to leave some shelves empty.
Combine items of different sizes and heights. Give a small item additional height by placing it on a stack of books.
You can use framed photos, artwork or trays to fill spaces.
Be Creative and Have Fun:
Cover some or all books with white paper for a more cohesive, decorative look.
Use decorative storage boxes or baskets to hide remotes or other small items.
Try using items all the same color.
Try using items that are the same color but in different prints and patterns.
Go with a theme....nautical, animal, or ethnic, etc.
If it's too overwhelming, do yourself a huge favor and call in a professional home stager for help. You will get advice on using what you already have and suggestions for new pieces to buy. Sometimes it takes fresh eyes and a creative approach to get that new look!
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