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How To Style- Bookcases

When it comes to interior design, bookcases are key. Whether you have them in your living room, study or even your bedroom, it is important to make them look great. I love being able to show off my books (especially those that look great) so whether your collection is huge or is just home to a few treasures, here are a few ways to really make the most of your bookcase and show off all your favourite reads.

It has become a big trend to start decorating bookcases with much more than just books. Artwork, flowers and other accessories are starting to come into our bookcases to give them that little added extra something. Using unconventional items for bookends is a great way to try this out if you don’t have much space to add in new accessories. Small sculptures or even just decorative bookends are a great way to spruce up your bookcases. Using bookcases of different shapes and sizes are a great way to add in a bit of interest also. Try taking out shelves and moving them around if you can, to make the shelf sizes different. You can then add in taller books or photo frames into these larger sections. This will add a bit more interest and character to your bookcases as it makes the shelves appear differently in a way which is more eye catching.

If you don’t have a lot of books and your bookshelf is looking a bit too bare then try using it as an extra space to accessorise your interior. Laying books on their side and topping them with an ornament is a great way to take up a shelf space without needing lots of books. This will also make the most of height of your shelves by stacking items on top of one another. You can also include candles and other ornamental items in the spaces you have left over. It is also a nice idea to split up the shelves so they aren’t just long units and are shorter than usual shelves. This means that you can have books and other accessories on the same level without getting each element confused with the next. This will go a long way to make sure your bookcase looks tidy and formatted.

If you don’t have the wall space to put in a large bookcase then try and utilise the space that you already have. Built in bookcases are a great idea and you can fit them in much easier than a standard size bookcase. This means that you can fit them in wherever you may desire to make sure your books are in the perfect place in your home. You can even build bookcases in around windows or doors and make the most of the height of your rooms for book storage. Fill your books in and accessorise again. If your bookcases are tall then use the top shelves for your accessories and then keep your books lower down so that you can reach them with ease.

There are plenty of ways to accessorise your bookcases by why not take it one step further? By painting the inside of the shelves in your bookcase you can really bring the whole thing to life. You can also use different wallpapers to add colour, pattern and texture to your bookcases. This is a great way to add an interesting backdrop for all your books and accessories. It can also make your bookcase the statement feature in your space. Adding colour and/or pattern will make your bookcases really stand out against the rest of your furniture, just make sure that the colour or print that you choose doesn’t clash with your interior.

Why not take a modern twist on your bookcase and go for something more unconventional? Built-in bookcases don’t have to be ordinary or a standard style. Maybe go for something more architectural or something that works better with your interior, instead of just opting for what you can find in the stores. This will give you something that is much more unique and works perfectly with your space. You can then go ahead and style it however you like. Just by making it more interesting it will surely stand out so load it up with your favourite books and a few accessories and you’re good to go!

Another great idea- build a reading nook into your bookcase! You can’t get much better than a bookcase that gives you a place to read your books can you. Whether it’s tucked away in the corner of your room or spread out along an entire wall, a reading nook is a great idea. And if you keep fighting over who gets to use the nook, make it big enough for two or make sure you have some comfy seating nearby. Then, you can have stacks of books and even magazines in your bookcases and you can enjoy a read with other people too. When you come to style it, again think about height. You might want to stand up your favourite books or stack them up again to avoid them getting lost in amongst all the others, and to show the off in your space. You might want to add in some photo frames and other accessories. Then, jazz up your nook with comfy cushions, soft throws and even some lamps or overhead lighting.

Hoping I’ve given you lots of inspiration on how to make the most of your bookcases. Books are such a wonderful thing and I think it is so important to have a bookcase not only to house them but as a fab home feature!

Until next time.

How to Style- Statement Colour

Following on from last week’s blog, this week we are looking at how to add a statement pop of colour into our interiors. Using one bold colour is a great way to add interest and character into a space, and by sticking to just one colour, it adds to a room without making it look too OTT. We explore some great ways to add in crazy colours and still get the perfect, stylish interiors.

If you can find a colour that you really like, then try out a few pieces that match up well to add some colour in. I can appreciate that committing to a colourful carpet is a little bit crazy and probably won’t give you the look you’re after, but a runner carpet on the stairs may just work. Team it with some small accessories such as lamps, pots or vases and you have a wonderfully harmonious entrance room with a splash of colour to welcome your quests into your home. As long as you keep the rest of the space relatively neutral you can’t really go wrong. You could even add in a small printed rug to jazz it up a little bit more.

I am always up for a little DIY project and if you are too then whip out your paint brush and some bright paint and get creative! Painting small elements in your home can add a unique and interesting look and the more colourful the paint, the more eye-catching these elements will be. Try painting the risers on steps, maybe not a whole staircase but if you have 2 or 3 steps or a raised platform in your home then give this a go. Other great things to try painting are the insides of your bookcases, shelves, door frames or even radiators. And the best thing about trying this out is, if you don’t like it simply paint over it and its gone. Easy peasy.

Now I mention this in a lot of my blogs, but throws, cushions and artwork really are great ways to add colour into your spaces without spending too much and they are super easy to swap and change as your tastes and the trends change. If you want your bedroom or living room to be mainly neutral then get yourself some throw cushions in your favourite colour and you have easy, instant brightness. If you can’t afford to splash out on posh art, look online for colourful prints or even reach for the paint and have a go at creating something yourself. This is a great way to add colour and interest and brighten up your bare walls, and frames or art can be hung in any and every room in the house.

Another easy way you can add in that little pop of colour is to modify small parts of your furniture. Dipped furniture is a trend that seems to be cropping up all over the place recently. Take legs of chairs or even tables that are a neutral or plain colour and ‘dip’ them into colourful paint to create a unique, funky look. I’m sure people don’t really dip their furniture into big pots of paint and instead measure out where they want to paint so it’s symmetrical on each side, but you never know. If you’re not feeling brave enough to throw your furniture into a pot of paint then why not try coloured tape? It gives the same look and effect but without the commitment. If you don’t like it, you change your mind, or you maybe just want to try a new colour, taking off tape is a lot easier than trying to remove paint.

If you can pick a colour that you know you love and won’t get sick of, then why not go big and splash out on a colourful, statement furniture piece. If you keep the rest of your palette neutral, then you’re not limited to what colour you can try out. A colourful piece of furniture is sure to make a statement and be a conversation starter when you have guests visiting. You can then even team it with small accessories in the same colour to bring the whole look together so that the bold colour doesn’t look too out of place. And, if the colour is one that you love then you can rest assured that you’ll love it for years to come.

Again, if you don’t want to go big on new pieces or start painting your expensive furniture, there are lots of other ways to add in some colour. Wall art is always a striking way to add some interest into a space. Whether you want to do a whole mural or even just some small subtle touches there are loads of things you can do. You can drip paint, splash it, use tape to create lines, use stencils and spray paint, anything goes. Design is very expressive, so go bold and do what you think looks good and if you use your favourite colours you’re sure to love it. If you don’t? Just paint over it and have another go!

Why not give a colourful area rug a go? More affordable than new furniture and they usually take up a larger space too to spread a beautiful, bright colour out. Rugs are a must in an interior, as I’m sure we all know, so why not go big and choose one in a bold colour to mix in with a neutral interior. Fabrics are a great way to add in colour and the more vibrant the better in my opinion!

I’m hoping that you’re all going to go away now and add some wonderful statement colours into your homes. And as ever, I hope I have given you the inspiration to do so.

Until next time!