The decorating process of a room requires many steps. Selecting wall and trim colors, selecting furniture and the placement within the room, choosing a perfect rug, and embellishing the space with lamps and artwork are all integral components of creating the ideal space.
Let’s focus on one design aspect where attention to detail is recognized. I believe having well-appointed bookcases makes a big difference in the room. Book casements often flank a fireplace, or you may choose a free-standing display case to adorn a side wall. Allow me to make suggestions to ensure a great look.
Eliminating some of the shelves, particularly in built-ins, will add some depth and freedom for creativity; remember that while symmetry and balance are essential, spacing the shelves evenly is unnecessary. I prefer to stagger them.
Painting the back walls of the bookcases with a contrasting color or applying a textured wall covering such as grass cloth will make a very custom design statement. The shelves may be adjusted to accommodate the size and shape of the displayed art objects.
When beginning to place accessories, start with some artwork leaning on or hanging to the back walls; this adds dimension and interest by pulling the viewer’s eye into the shelf scape.
Enjoy the process of placing your favorite treasures and collectibles on the shelves. Although books are always encouraged, they can be stacked vertically and horizontally, often providing a perfect elevation for an object of art. Small lamps are a welcome addition, particularly when built-in lighting isn’t present. Electrical outlets are usually found in the cabinetry below the shelves, and you can drill simple holes at the back of the shelves to drop cords from view. The soft illumination will enhance the overall look and create a dramatic effect.
Well-appointed shelves allow you to tell a visual story, share memories, revisit favorite places and honor family history. They create the perfect opportunity for great conversations and welcome compliments from family and guests.
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