The ABC’s of Arranging Bookcases
Clutter is the number one issue I address while staging occupied homes. Most people simply have too much stuff. Trust me, I’m an authority on this. My grandparents were antique dealers so I have collecting in my genes.
Apply the Rule of Threes for arranging a bookcase…1/3 books, 1/3 decorative objects and art, and 1/3 blank space, breathe!
This rule is only a guide, but it really works. Use it as your starting point.
When I’m staging a bookcase, I usually begin by emptying it completely. Then I add books back first, in a zig-zag pattern with the largest books at the end, moving down in size towards the center. For more interest, place some books vertically, others horizontally with something pretty sitting on top.
The books build the foundation. Now, you can fill in with your collections. In Florida it’s especially easy to decorate using items saved from beach vacations.
If you’re not a shell-collector, it’s really easy to purchase coastal themed decor. The books with sea life covers are often available as sets at HomeGoods. Reader’s Digest Condensed Books (bottom shelf) are a great fill-in. These books can be purchased at the Seminole County Library-Casselberry Branch bookstore for 50 cents each. The place to shop when you’re trying to fill a large bookcase.
Of course, there are many other ways to organize your collections. By color…
Or go neutral by adding elements from nature.
For a little excitement, consider wallpapering the back of the bookcase.
Or simply paint it…
When you have two identical bookcases such as either side of a fireplace, they need to speak to each other. Marry the objects.
Three bookcases are especially challenging. It’s always helpful to use artwork since it takes up a lot of space and coordinating pictures are easy to find. Bookcases on either end somewhat duplicate one another while the center one is different, but complementary. I prefer this look over a bookcase full of, what else, books. Much prettier and much more interesting, unless of course it’s in a library. I stage so many libraries?
Your bookcase should reflect YOU.