Bookcases With Style

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Timely article by House Beautiful for those with a New Year’s resolution to bring more order to their rooms with bookcases, but with a little more flair.

Don’t just fill your shelves. Color them, arrange them, decorate them, dress them, personalize them.

The books you store on your shelves are just the beginning.

Step One

Empty your shelves. Back them with colored paper, fabric or paint the backs a contrasting color. This will help make the objects pop.
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Step Two

Sort books by size and subject. Remove and discard any ripped dust jackets (unless you think they might have value). Line books, some vertically, some horizontally, in a rhythmic pattern. This will relieve the monotony of rows.
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Step Three

Fill unused spaces with attractive boxes. These will help you (neatly) store everything from photos to computer manuals. The blocks of color will break up the rows of books.
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Step Four

Add ceramics and other objects. Place family photos or small works of art against the books to bring the shelves to life.
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Step Five

Be daring. Hang a framed picture from the bookcase molding.
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The Finished Product

Voilà! The finished bookcase — a much more interesting addition to your room. Check out the bookshelves at Upscale Consignment to find the right one for your idea!
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One Response to Bookcases With Style

  1. Ken January 21, 2013 at 1:24 am #

    Great ideas!

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