If you follow our blog, you may remember seeing this bookcase in the post 7 Great Reasons to Decorate with Leather.
What we didn’t talk about in that post is what a great example it is of: (a) just generally how to style a bookcase, and (b) how to accessorize in a way that reflects your interests without becoming too “themey” or even appearing to really be themed styling.
Our stylists focused on a variety of textures and shapes, with hints that the room’s occupant(s) like the outdoors and wildlife. The whole look is very clean and simple, yet interesting, and could easily be switched out on a whim.
It’s fun, and definitely recommended, to add elements to your design that reflect your personal interests and hobbies (a.k.a. themed styling). The key to using those elements in a way that you won’t tire of as quickly is really moderation and style.
Start by using non-themed accessories for the majority of the shelves. Then fill in the blanks with a limited amount of “themed” accessories, and ones that aren’t super literal. This will keep the look fresh and modern, and it will also be less expensive to swap pieces out as tastes and interests change.
This isn’t to say that you can’t or shouldn’t do full-on themed styling. If you love it and know you’ll stick with it, go for it! This tip is just one way to make the look last longer for most people. (Some things just come down to personal preference.)
Since it’s always interesting to see how the same piece can look completely different in another space, we thought we’d show you the same bookshelf used in a home office (shop the office).
They styled this room in a way that focuses more on function, but it’s still interesting with great neutral texture. Paper clips, pencils, and other supplies could be stored in the bottles and papers/files in the basket.
Which is your favorite look?