For those who don’t know me personally, my husband is an amazing carpenter. He owns a Murphy Wallbed business and he is the guy behind all the building and designing. He built a Murphy bed for our guest room, with a bookshelf on one side. And as soon as it was up I started decorating it. I sat in front of that bookcase for a good half of my Sunday morning, with a pile of books and random stuff on the floor. I pulled things from other rooms, and rearranged and changed it up, until it looked just right.
Many people are scared of bookshelves, because to make it look right you have to follow so many rules. I stick to just 5 simple ones:
1. Have a color palette
2. Arrange books both vertically and horizontally
3. Incorporate artwork
4. Display something
5. Layer objects
That’s it! It’s actually really easy. As you can see I kept my color palette black and white, but added some pos of color to make it more interesting. Like my husband’s impressive collection of national geographic.
The amazing thing about bookshelves is that each one is going to look different. Everyone has all sorts of knick knacks they want to display and books they have collected over the years. Bookshelves are all about showing your personality, but keeping it simple and organized at the same time. You don’t want it to look cluttered, so simplicity and organization are very important.