Bookshelves are one of my favorite things to decorate. They can add so much character and warmth to a room.
They can be styled to coordinate with your home décor
or dressed up for a special holiday.
In our home, they proudly display favorites, decorative objects, and pieces that give a glimpse into our lives and interests.
I found this shelf at a local antiques and resale shop. I loved the openness of the space, and the curved design at the top. The height was perfect for our family room, which has vaulted ceilings.
The dealer showed me that the bookshelf, interestingly enough, was from the Oral Roberts University, an interdenominational Christian liberal arts university located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I loved it already, but its history had me sold. So off it went in our truck. It was actually the very first piece of furniture to move in – a perfect, blank canvas.
We have lived here for a little over a year now, and I have changed the look several times. Today it’s styled in calming greens, aged zinc, and warm neutrals.
To add visual interest and aesthetic balance to your bookshelf, try pairing alike items in groups, or scattering similar themed items amongst different shelves. Sticking to a color scheme that is not overly obvious helps keep things simple and appealing. Then place similar items throughout your room for a sense of unity.
The zinc decorative spheres are Threshold Target. I love how they mimic atlas spheres. I placed two together amongst some old books, and a third on the next shelf to draw the eye down.
The mini zinc vases were from Crate and Barrel CB2 line. They complement the spheres nicely, and add some character with their different shapes.
Another grouping of vases is found on the very bottom shelf – green glasses and pottery vases collected over the past several years.
Old books are gathered in stacks and rows on a few shelves, the repetition is effective. The old warn spines and pages and some warmth among the cool green tones. Some Restoration Hardware inspired books stacks adorn the top shelf. I couldn’t bring myself to rip off the beautiful covers, so I simply turned the books with their spines towards the wall, and bundled a few together with some twine.
The old green fishing tackle box was a find from eBay. My man is an avid fisherman, and I wanted to be sure to include some seaworthy pieces throughout. The glass buoys were a find from Home Goods – I can get lost in that store for hours. As summer is here, I added a starfish. I love decorating with seaside finds – a reminder that though the Texas summer heat is brutal, a breezy beach is located close by.
Warm neutral tones are found in the baskets, the wine cork collection, and an old vintage doorknob from a curbside find.
Overall, the shelve colors and themes work well with the rest of our eclectic home. The greens complement the cool gray tones of our couch and walls, and the warm neutrals are pulled from our rug and other family room décor.
To tie together the shelf with our great room and kitchen, a grouping of Threshold Target shells and some more starfish lay prettily in a vintage bread bowl. More cork collections line the shelf above our kitchen cabinet, and a pair of fishing lure shadow boxes I made frame our bay window. More on those later!
How do you like to style your shelves?
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