Incorporating shelves and bookcases into your design aesthetic

Incorporating shelves and bookcases into your design aesthetic

In the age of tablets and e-readers, bookshelves can sometimes seem like archaic components of our homes. These structures don't just have to be storage space for dusty old books, though. Here are a few ideas to give your bookshelf a new life: 

  • Create a home for your collections – "Anything looks better as a collection," interior decorator Mary Carol told HGTV. "The different sizes, shapes and colors play off each other, and grouping a collection together gives it emphasis." Gather up your treasures around the house and mass them for a stunning display."
  • Give it a new function – Bookshelves can hold more than just works of literature. By taking out the top shelves, you can turn your case into a bar or serving station, which may come in handy when you're entertaining guests. 
  • Group like objects – Bringing together items that have the same color or texture can create a curated feel to your home. Even ordinary objects like boxes, bowls or spheres can look more interesting when they are grouped rather than standing alone. 
  • Play with shelf height – If you have shelves that can be moved, play around with the heights so that they don't line up exactly. The asymmetry can break up the monotony of a boring wall. 
  • Showcase your passions – Your home is a reflection of who you are. Consider arranging items like vacation souvenirs, crafts or your children's artwork  on your shelf for all of your visitors to see. 

Once you're done with bookcases, you'll want to make sure that the rest of your home matches your unique style. If you're interested in new custom window shades, contact Metropolitan Window Fashions today to make an appointment.