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I use my bookcases to display some of my favorite things. Photos, books, ironstone, silver trays and vintage cameras are just a few examples of items I like to display. I love blending the old with the new for a fresh look.
1. Clear off your shelves. By starting with a blank canvas you won't be tempted to leave anything in the same place. This is a good time to give them a quick cleaning too! Wipe off dust with a damp towel and get rid of any cobwebs.
2. Gather like items. Put them all in one spot and take a look so you can see exactly what you have to work with. Be sure to look all around the house. Sometimes finding a new home for an item can give it new life.
3. Start with one section at a time. My bookcases is divided into three sections. I like to tackle one section at a time and then move on to the next — almost as if each section is a stand-alone case. I find it easier to do this because it's not so daunting. You'll notice by the final photo the composition is different than it is in this shot.
6. Use your collections. When grouped together, your collections have a much greater impact. Here I used some of my ironstone pitchers. Repeating the ironstone throughout the shelves creates a sense of cohesiveness.
7. Pick a color palette. I think keeping the color palette simple is key to a pleasing composition. Here, I mainly used black, white and silver.
For something a little unexpected, I hung one of my favorite photos of the children from one of the dividers for the shelves. I also like to incorporate some type of storage, like the basket I used for my magazines. It keeps the messier items tidy looking.
Do you have a beautifully styled bookshelf? I'd love to see them! Share your photos in the Comment section below.
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