How To Style Bookshelves

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How To Style Bookshelves

Happy Friday to my blog following tribe, I love you guys! Ok, so today I want to share with you how I styled my bookshelves. This was a project I struggled with for about 6 months until I told myself it was time to pull it together. Here are some tips on how to style bookshelves to achieve this look:

  1. Pick a color theme. I chose airy and neutral so that automatically whittled down the accessories that I had to work with. When I went shopping I was looking for white and cream books and accessories.
  2. Choose a balance of objects, books, art and frames. It will be a bit of a puzzle at first, but objects will be migrating from shelf to shelf until they land in the right spot.
  3. If you have a bunch of mismatched picture frames, paint them all the same color and automatically everything is more cohesive.
  4. If you don’t want to invest in a bunch of expensive coffee books, you can cheat a bit and turn the pages to face outward with books you already own so you can’t see the spines.
  5. Remove the book jacket covers, because underneath are often prettier book spines.
  6. Put items on the top shelf that you don’t need to access.
  7. I placed baskets on the bottom shelf to hide toys! I’m always looking for ways to store those suckers 😉 Believe it or not, my 2 year old doesn’t take any of the frames and books off the shelves, thank you JESUS!

If you need any home decor ideas, check out this post!



Jess Cathell

Jess Cathell is an Atlanta based lifestyle and interior creator, designer, and tastemaker. With years of experience in home decor and a portfolio ranging from farm house to the beach, Jess is known for creating balanced spaces with notes of the unexpected. Inspired by the fusion of traditional elements with bold contemporary design, she has developed a clear transitional style. Her most recent work can be found in the Atlanta Magazine as a tribute to the modern home work space. She has collaborated with brands such as Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, and is continually looking to connect with local and sustainable sources.

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  1. 2.17.18
    Antonia said:

    Styling my bookshelf is my favorite thing to do. I love playing around with different shapes and ways of placing things. I actually haven’t styled it in quite some time so I’m definitely do it while using your tips. x

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

  2. 2.19.18
    Anna said:

    I love colourful books, I like to style them so they fit the aesthetic look. I categorise a lot by colour, even the cards in my wallet… oops

    • 2.19.18
      admin said:

      haha, that’s awesome!

  3. 2.19.18

    I have always wanted a styled bookshelf and have spent hours scouring for ideas to display mine. Never once did I consider working this out by selecting the style and then pulling and buying books to match! Thank you for the tips, I can’t wait to try this.

    • 2.19.18
      admin said:

      Happy to help! I’m no expert, this is just how it worked out for me 😉 -Jess