Artful Arranging-Bookshelves

In bookshelves, eduardo garza, inspiration, Interiors, lili diallo, mecox gardens on February 6, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Bookshelf Styled by Lili Diallo

One of My Absolute Favorite Photos.

One of the harder tasks as a designer is to curate a beautiful bookshelf. There is a fine line between a cluttered bookshelf and a decorated bookshelf. There needs to be the right mix of books and decorative items. There also needs to be the right balance of heavy objects and airy objects. Here are some fail-safe items and tips to help you get started.

Eduardo Garza creates beautiful sculptures using natural elements such as stone, minerals, eggshell, and wood. I love this piece of rock crystal on a gold base. This would look fantastic on a stack of books or used as a bookend.

I love adding boxes to bookshelves.  I love this bone box-it is perfect in so many situations. I also really love malachite and lapiz.

An interesting sculpture also adds visual interest-I really like animal sculptures, abstracts, or busts.


TIP 1 – The basic rule is the rule of thirds, one third books, one third accessories, and one third empty space.

TIP 2 – Work from left to right on the first shelf and right to left on the next. This will help achieve balance.

TIP 3 – If you have high books on the left side of one shelf, you don’t want the same type of books and space on the next shelf.

TIP 4 – There is no reason to line up books like a library. Try lying a pile of books on their side and use them as a bookend or to lift up an accessory.

TIP 5 – When choosing accessories think color and texture. Some colors will better enhance your books or the room as a whole.Textures (horn, shagreen, shell, metals, etc) create interest. Also, break up collections and scatter them around the bookshelves. Also, use items that are meaningful to you.

TIP 6 – Be sure to include free space. You’ll need a place to rest the eyes. If you crowd a bookcase it’s going to look messy.

TIP 7– Take breaks. Step away from the project and return to it after some time to gather a new perspective on the space.


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