Paperback and college books:
Paperback and college books really don’t have any pizzazz appeal and I don’t recommend displaying them on shelving in major rooms. In fact if you don’t plan on reading them again why not donate them and move em on out? Or if your spouse/kids insist on keeping them, try moving them to another less noticeable place such as the basement or in a labeled box put on a top shelf or better yet the attic!
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Books to keep on the shelves:
Some of my favorites books to display are old books without the paper covers… It is such a great look and if you have an entire wall of books, they can make it look like a library room. This is great for traditional/transitional design style…
For a look that can mix well with a contemporary or modern design, consider color coordinating your books or covering them in colored paper that coordinates with your color scheme…
Decorative items on shelves:
Books: It doesn’t have to be all books, and the books don’t all have to be vertical. You can mix up vertical books with books laying horizontally, or lay them all horizontal as well…
Mix up the content on your shelves. Ideas for items to display on shelving:
- Picture frames
- Candles and candle holders
- Small lamps… lighting adds great ambiance!
This is a great area to display your favorite photographs or small artwork pieces. Consider the frames… Your frames should coordinate in one way or the other. For example, all metal or wood frames, all in the color scheme of the room, or all black. It’s typically nice to intermix them with the books and decorative items, or you can group them together on one prominent shelf…
If you have items for small children that you need to store in the shelving, consider tall baskets that hide the contents in the shelves. There are great ways to label them as well to help sort what goes where, i.e. all children’s books in one, Legos in another, etc.