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Too many homes have an overlooked bookcase. Most can be found cluttered with books and pictures that don’t have any intention behind their placement. While the function of bookcases are self-explanatory, let us not forget that they’re an easy way to add a touch of#NothingOrdinary. If you follow the tips below, you’ll find yourself with stunning bookshelves that feel effortlessly chic.

It’s Not All About the Books
While your bookcase should of course be home to some books, they shouldn’t be the only thing found on your shelves. Pictures, artwork, vases, baskets, and knick knacks are just a couple of examples of how to mix it up. This will help break up the pattern and make everything feel meant to be. It also gives you more freedom as to what you want to be showcased.

Start with Larger Items First
First things first, make sure your bookshelves are completely clear. This will give you the blank canvas needed to work your magic. After that, start by placing the larger items. These might be decorative vases, artwork, or baskets. By placing these objects first, you allow yourself more design freedom with the smaller pieces, which are naturally easier to play around with. This will also give you a good balance right off the bat. Once you have this basic layout, bring in the books and pictures. Finish off with the knick knacks you hold near and dear to your heart.

Don’t Stuff It Full
The last thing you want your bookcase to look like is stuffed full. Negative space gives everything the room it needs to breathe and is more pleasing to the eye. Of course, you don’t want too much empty space though! Find a good balance by making sure that everything is seen and appreciated. This may mean that you need to weed out the items you don’t truly love, but it’ll all be worth it in the end.

Bring in the Pretty Books
One of the easiest ways to make a bookcase effortlessly beautiful is by adding pretty books. Most of the time these are antique books or collectibles that are unique. Lucky for you, these books are also extremely easy to find! Visit your local antique store, and you’ll find countless book treasures that will look amazing on your shelf. These are also fun to stack on top of each other horizontally, instead of the usual vertical position books are found in. Antique books are a great way to mix the old and new.

Vary in Heights and Depths
As always, it’s important to keep item height and depths in mind. You don’t want your shelf to seem flat and boring! Play around with different heights with your items. Add depth by using different textures and colors. Think in, out, up, and down to make sure that your shelves are visually interesting to look at.

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