Entry #1525, August 29, 2012
Whether you are a connoisseur of fine reading or you just enjoy having beautiful books lining your bookshelves, there’s no doubt books have a special place in our homes. While many people place books wherever they can fit, creating a focal point for your books can be doubly fun and make an eye-catching destination for the eye to fall when you walk in the room. Here are tips to create literary eye candy while still saving space for your favorite books.
Let the interior architecture influence the bookshelf:
When thinking of an eye-popping bookshelf many of the forms that are unforgettable are the ones that embrace the architecture of the space. Whether it is sympathetic – the book shelf plays off of the existing shapes, and detailing of the adjacent walls and architectural features, or is unsympathetic – doesn’t correlate with the adjacent interior features, bookshelves can create a feature in itself. Stand back and take note of your room’s natural curves, lines, and styling. Play off of these when building your new bookshelf. Designing your home now? Why not ask your designer to play off of a curving staircase, a two story fireplace, or a breath-taking atrium? Bookshelves can add dimension to any space.
Bookshelf furniture is no longer boring:
While you can still buy a rectilinear bookshelf with 3 shelves there are so many more choices out there, so why not try them out? From ultra modern and minimalistic to organic and curvilinear, there aren’t any shape configurations that haven’t been thought of. Artisans, designers, and furniture designers have found a new niche of design expression through bookshelf varieties. From ones that spell out words, to bookshelves that encompass seating, beds, and even fireplaces, there is no limit when it comes to bookshelf design. Choose your fav and let your bookshelf speak for itself.
Let your books become the focal point:
Shelving for books has become a hot topic for designers and homeowners and in more recent years interior trends showoff color coordinated book spines placed together, and matching books together strictly for their appearance as opposed to their content. Let your books become the instant conversation starter in your entertaining spaces. Take cues from colors in your interior furniture, textiles, pillows, and window treatments and match your books to create a unified and designer look. Don’t know where to shop for colorful books? Try vintage and thrift shops where you can buy affordable books, regardless of their content but for their colorful covers!
Whether you are trying to make your library more eye-catching, or your dining room wall just doesn’t have enough pizazz, think of adding literary eye candy to make your room sing. Saving space, displaying your favorite books and creating an interior design style with your best hardbacks have never looked so good.
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