I’ve been doing a lot of bookcase styling at work recently, so I figured I may as well talk about it on the blog as well. Sometimes a client has tons of great accessories, books, and pretty frames and it all comes together organically and easily, but other times it can be kind of frustrating and feel like it’s just not working out right. Whenever that happens I find that it helps to snap a photo of the shelf so that you have a different way of looking at it – for some reason it makes it easier to see where there’s something missing or if you need a little more white space in a certain area. I also like to look on Pinterest or Instagram for inspiration; two designers who are particularly skilled in creating the perfect ‘shelfie’ are Emily Henderson and Amber Lewis.
Once I’m back on track and know what I want the shelves to look like (whether that’s cluttered and collected looking or super minimal and clean, or somewhere in between, which is my personal favorite) I like to look around the client’s house for little objets and mementos so that the shelves are personal to them and don’t just look like a designer was brought in to put everything together (even though there was).
Oftentimes you do need to shop around and find fun accessories and items to add the finishing touch and create the perfect arrangement, and a few of my favorite places to source these items are High Street Market, One Kings Lane and Etsy. Pottery Barn and West Elm also usually have great frames and decorative pieces, though I like to use these minimally and mix in vintage and personal items so that rooms don’t look too generic.
Scroll on for some of my favorite inspiration images, below, and let me know if you have any shelf styling questions!