Bookshelves. Sure, they can be functional, and ya know, hold books. But they can also be a lot more than that. If styled well, shelves can also be a central design element in your home.
Sometimes, just the act of filling an entire wall with books can be decorative....
But in most cases, it's the balance and combination of interesting objects, plants, art AND books that really make a statement.
Sometimes the use of a color palette connects all the objects...
If there's room on the floor underneath, using baskets or boxes to store things looks great, and visually adds balance.
Some people like to style their shelves in a very organized and monochromatic way:
Or use a common theme throughout, as seen in this nicely-styled store display:
Even if you have more books than objects, there's an art to displaying them beautifully...
Adding a fun background is another way to pull the space together:
As I mentioned up above, I think Emily Henderson is the absolute master of styling bookshelves. Every time I come across an image of shelves that truly makes me stop and stare, it turns out to be styled by her. Crazy pants.
She's just so talented at mixing high and low, vintage and modern...and curating to perfection.
Floating shelves can be a fun alternative to a traditional bookshelf:
And sometimes you are working with an existing nook:
I hope you're feeling inspired to make the most of your shelves. I know I am. I'm ready to ditch my entry table and go shelf-crazy. Just have to get the hubby onboard. Please send me pictures of your styled shelves. I'd love to see them!