A lot of times we take bookcases and built-in storage for what they are at face value – storage. But, it doesn’t have to be as simple as that! Traditional Home posted some great tips on how to use these storage spaces to elevate your decor and different ways to incorporate them in your design. A book case doesn’t have to be some stark shelves up against a blank wall, they can be decorative, styled, and functional, all at once!
1. Add a wallpaper or punch of color to the back of your bookshelf to give it some extra definition and really show the difference in depth from its surroundings! You can use a funky patterned wall paper or use one of your accent colors from your space to help bring the eye into the book cases!
2. Make it Monotone- the exact opposite of the first piece of advice! Incorporate it into your space. If your walls are painted, paint the bookshelves to match, , they don’s have to be wood shelving attached to a painted wall, invite them to join the party! Check out a great example below:
3. Break the mold! You don’t have to use a standard bookcase. Use something more industrial to give an open, airy feel, or try floating shelves! You could even refurbish an old piece and add shelves to it, there are tons of ways to create the look of a bookcase without adding a big bulky piece of furniture to your room. Doing something a little outside the box will also lift up the design elements in the space.
4. Frame it out! If you’re doing built-ins dont’ waste your space, go over windows or doors to create some extra storage or display space, check out this example below:
5. Create order! A great bookshelf has a touch of style. Check out this office storage bookcase with coordinating storage boxes and bins. This makes the organization party of the storage, as opposed to having odds and ends all over the place, and it makes things easier to find. Check out this storage solution: