There’s just something about holding a book in your hands.
You know, the classics that you’ve read a hundred times. The ones with the dog-eared pages and underlined nuggets of wisdom that never fail to draw you back in for another read. The books you read at 18 and 38 and 58, which you continue to love, and that reveal new interpretations as you travel through life’s experiences.
With all the smart devices, touch screens and one-click ebook delivery options out there today, it’s totally plausible that books might have been doomed to suffer the fate of the VCR, but printed books have still managed to hold their appeal.
Since books aren’t really going anywhere, we still need a place to house them, which might mean it’s time to revamp that old bookshelf – or, better yet, buy a gorgeous new one. For this, Designbx offers a few nuggets of wisdom to help your bookcase shine.
Avoid the look of clutter
We know it’s tempting to cram every book you own into your overstuffed bookshelf. We’ve all been there! But a good bookcase lends itself to showcasing other visual items and creates the perception that you’re well-read and well-travelled.
Not every shelf has to have books on it. Reserve a few shelves for sculptural objects and art to allow the bookcase to breathe a little.
Remember, not all books need to go vertical. In fact, it’s preferable to switch things up a bit. If you have a few books that are too tall to fit vertically, consider stacking them horizontally with a few other books and add a sculpted piece or a candle on top.
Adding in framed artwork and photographs is another design trick that adds depth and interest to create a curated look.
If you love a pared-back palette, your bookcase could be a great place to splash a bit of colour.
Grouping your books by their spine hue helps to create a more cohesive look.
You can add more colour here, too. If there’s some bold or expensive wallpaper you’ve been coveting, the backs of the bookcase could be a great place to showcase it without breaking the bank or overwhelming your space.
With these tips you can go ahead and curl up with your favourite page-turner knowing that your bookcase is the inviting focal point it deserves to be.