Book Shelf Styling

September 4, 2016

Happy Labor Day!

My living room book shelves have been decorated the same way now for about two years:

before shelves2

I liked the way it looked, so I did not pay much attention to it. (Actually, it seemed to be too much of a project so I ignored them!) haha (Sound familiar?)


Well, this weekend I decided to restyle my bookshelves and this is how they came out:

RESTYLED SHELVESBeautiful! I love the way they look. This time when decorating, I tried using a few decorating tips I have picked up along the way:

# 1- First remove everything  off the shelves. Yes, everything. This is my rule and it really makes a difference to start fresh.


# 2- Look at your shelves and think of it as a grid. Can you see how I broke my shelves into a grid of nine?:


Three across and three up and down on each shelf. Then I decorated each section of the grid separately in little vignettes.

# 3- Use the same idea in multiple spots.  For example, see how I used three horizontal stacks of books throughout the grid?:



I also repeated the vertical book stacks three times on three different shelves. Good Tip To Remember– Try not to place the same ideas right next to each other or right above/below each other.

new shelves

# 4- Think pretty! Add objects that mean something special to you to make it visually interesting.


new shelves

I think they look wonderful! I smile every time I walk by. Love that, don’t you? Do you have any bookshelves that can use a face-lift? Try using these decorating tips to help you style your shelves. I would love to see your before and after photos!

One more quick tip- when taking photos, be sure to check your background first. Here I thought I had taken such a great picture with the sun coming in just right:

sun light

Photo-bombed by a duster! haha

Enjoy your weekend everyone!


  1. So pretty! What I like about shelves like yours are that they can be adjusted up or down in height, allowing even more options to display varying sizes of items. I’ve tried for years to tell my mother bookshelves certainly should have books (and they have many!) but putting ‘pretties’ in them makes everything look nice. You’ve shown a wonderful example of that.

  2. The shelves turned out beautifully! Thanks for the great decorating tips! I noticed the blue material in your last photo. Is this a tray?

  3. Okay, you convinced me. I need to restyle my bookshelves too as it’s been a couple of years. You did a beautiful job, and I absolutely love the piece of art in the first photo.

  4. I also love,love,love what you have done. I have a wall of bookshelves and could never get it quite figured out. But, this certainly gives me inspiration. The backdrop of the shelving is beautiful as well. Is that fabric or wallpaper????

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