Accessorizing your bookcase
When customers come into Three French Hens, they have a variety of decorating issues on which they require advice. A frequent question is how to accessorize bookcases. Most homes either have built-in bookcases or separate pieces people have bought for their home.
People say, “My bookcases are so big,” “I can’t get them to look full” or “I can’t get them to look attractive.” We love helping our customers make their bookcases flow with the room.
We also love to get creative using various elements around the house, such as old leather books, pottery, paintings, ceramic plates and greenery. Bookcases no longer are there just to fill up with books; bookcases are a focal point of most rooms. Old leather books add an element of color, texture and depth. You also can use things you have collected over the years, such as statues, vases and old photos.
The most important thing to remember is to layer your items. Bookcases come in different shapes, styles and depths. Using paintings in the back of the bookcase helps fill up the space and creates that layering look. When you are decorating your bookcases, work from the back to the front.
Place a painting or frame print in the back, then layer your leather books with some books that are standing and some that are laying flat. Then, add your other accessories on the shelf, such as a colored vase or pot, candlesticks, a ceramic bird or a small clock. Even a lamp on your bookcase adds light in the evening. Also, adding a small pot of greenery helps to soften all of the hard objects you have on your bookshelf. If you have double bookcases, make sure they have the same symmetrical look. You do not necessarily have to use the exact items, but they must have the same look.
Do not be afraid you are not doing it right. Stand back, and see how it feels to the eye. If something looks wrong, simply move things around. If you get stuck, bring a photo into Three French Hens, and we will help guide you to having the most beautiful and appealing bookcases.
Three French Hens
16935 Manchester Road in Wildwood