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Decorating a bookshelf seems pretty easy. You just fill it up with books...right? Not so fast! There's a lot more to a well-styled bookshelf than meets the eye. But don't be intimidated - decorating a bookshelf is a great way to express some creativity and flex your styling muscles. Here are some tips for decorating a bookshelf - inside and out!
Last article we discuss What to Put on a Bookshelf and some tips to Bookshelf Styling, here we are continue the topic.
A little bit of contrast is important in all aspects of decorating. When things are too similar they can become flat. So always try to add a little contrast, be it through color, material or shape. So for instance, if you have a stack of square or rectangular boxes, add a little rounded object on top. Or if you have a collection of leather-bound books, add a decorative object or piece of art made of glass or metal (ie - mixing soft materials with hard). It doesn't have to be major - a little contrast goes a long way.
How to Embellish a Bookshelf
If your bookshelf is looking a little tired and you want to spruce it up a bit consider these DIY upgrades.
Wallpaper is a great way to spruce up the inside of a bookshelf.
It can add color and pattern and depending on what style you choose, highlight items on the shelves. The easiest way to install it is to cut pieces of foam core so that they fit snuggly between the shelves, then glue the paper to the foam core instead of directly to the back of the shelf. You can simply slide the papered foam core into place, and easily remove it if you decide later that you want a change. It will slide right out without damaging the back of the shelves.
Paint is the upcycler's best friend. No matter what material your shelf is made of, with a little prep work it can easily be fixed up with paint. You can give it a complete overhaul, just paint the interior or exterior, or try some sort of pattern. Whatever your style, paint can do wonders.
Decoupage isn't just for kids! Beautiful pieces can be created by decoupaging paper onto case goods. Use your imagination and look for wrapping paper, maps, portions of wallpaper, or any other paper goods you can find to create a unique look. Try decoupaging the interior, the exterior, or just the shelves. Just be sure to find something that compliments the existing piece and the rest of the room. Get creative and try something fun!
Applying nailhead trim to casegoods is a terrific furniture hack. It used to be reserved just for upholstery and soft furnishings, but in recent years it's become trendy to add nailhead trim to harder surfaces (bookshelves, end tables, closet doors, etc.). For a simple look try applying it around the edges, or for something more decorative try creating a unique or intricate pattern. If you're very confident you can use tacks that are nailed directly into the piece, but if you're not quite as sure you can use adhesive strips.