i see A LOT of homes. believe it or not, there is one very common denominator in most homes . . . messy bookshelves!
in my humble opinion, bookshelves, whether they are stand alone or built in, are supremely neglected. they seem to have become a catch all not only for books, but for important figurines, papers, photos, magazines and anything else you can throw at it.
bookshelves or shelving of any kinds can become focal points in the space. grouping 2 or three freestanding bookshelves together can create the illusion of a built-in unit if you don’t have one. in some cases, having a built-in bookshelf can be overwhelming for the room, depending on the size of course. short bookcases are an option. these days, there are all sorts of choices for bookshelves, everything from traditional tall units to funky shapes or completely unconventional. no matter which type you choose, dressing the bookcase remains the same.
reorganizing and dressing people’s bookshelves can be the most time consuming part of my job. sometimes i have to start from scratch, other times it’s just a clean up job. here are some tips for making your bookshelves speak for themselves.
the first step is to edit out anything that doesn’t belong in a bookshelf. i always recommend removing things like binders, spiral bound notebooks and even sometimes photo albums. photo albums that are in good condition and preferably all with the same spine are acceptable. binders and spiral bound books belong in an office, not on display. i believe that all books should be displayed, however, textbooks and books that may have seen better days can make the bookcase appear messy. try making a book covers specifically for these books, to create consistency.