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Arranging Bookcases Just Like a Professional!
Have some bookcases that
look cluttered and disarrayed? Don't know what to do? Bookcase arrangement can
be fun and is an important part of the decorating of any room where they exist.
Don't neglect this space or arrange it poorly. It's not that difficult.
Before we discuss what to do with them, let's first discuss what NOT to do
with them. Here is a brief list of some of the types of things you'd best put
out of sight and not on a bookcase shelf: telephone books, loose papers or
magazines, storage boxes (unless they are decorative), photograph albums, CDs,
video tapes, cassette tapes, anything else that is messy or unattractive.
Obviously, making a full row of books on a shelf or several shelves is
expected -- the library look. This is a great look. It's hard to beat the look
of books lined up neatly. It creates a warm, inviting and cozy atmosphere. One
feels compelled to sit down and read. But keep this in mind. Unless you have a
huge number of books, of all different titles, colors and subjects, try to use
on the books that have colors that blend with the room where you are placing
them. Otherwise they will stick out like a sore thumb and attract too much
attention. Take the dust covers off and display them in all their rich linen and
gold lettering glory.
Place paperback books together and do not mix them in with hard bound books. Put
the largest and tallest books on the bottom shelves to anchor the bookcase. Vary
the heights with the tallest books in the middle of the shelf and don't place
tiny books next to tall books. Descend in gradual increments. Putting a row of
encyclopedia books that are all one color and style on a bottom shelf is a great
way to anchor the bookcase. It also brings a lot of unity with the repetition of
If you don't have enough books to fill the entire case, put the books on the
bottom shelves and leave the upper shelves for accessories. If you mix
accessories and books on the same shelf, try to make the books the dominant
theme and not the other way around.
The upper shelves can be used for such things as a decorative bowl, clock,
family photos, lamp, decorative box, candles and a host of other types of
accessories. Try to keep the arrangement organized and avoid putting too many
things together. Keep the number of items to an odd number. Fill the vertical
space as well as the horizontal space. Too many times I see people filling the
horizontal space on the shelf, leaving huge gaps at the top. The arrangement
should feel snug but not crowded nor lost in the space.
Avoid placing small accessories all around, especially on high shelves. They
just make a room look cluttered and they are generally too small to fill the
space. The tendency people have when they are small is to keep loading more of
them into the space. Don't do this. You need a small shelf that is in the right
scale in order to "feel" comfortable.
Have a corner that just looks too bare and awkward? Fill it with accessories of
substance on the floor, stacked one on another. It's a great and easy way to
display more accessories without them getting in the way and they are great
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