A Shelving Situation
How you decorate a shelf or bookcase, low-key says a lot about you. Are you a hoarder, traveler, minimal style enthusiast?
I've redone my bookshelves and bookcases more times than I can count, and I think I finally mastered the style of "organizational minimalist" (as I like to call it).
If you're into the "clean/minimal" style, here are some things to keep in mind:
Don't clutter your bookshelves - display only absolute musts. I display some thrifted unique pottery and some of my favorite books and magazines, filling in gaps with plants.
Don't overload on color - I have a very "neutral" theme of colors throughout my home with some bright colors here and there, but overall they are spread out, not found in one location. Do the same here.
You don't need to spend a lot of $$ to make your shelves look like they're worth a lot. The more individual style, the more appealing they look. I found 80% (including the glassware) of these things at Goodwill.
BOOKS - If you have books you want to display, I suggest sticking to hardcover books! I have a box with all the book sleeves because most of the cover colors don't fit into my "theme". Make sure you spread out books evenly into different areas of your shelf. Don't be afraid to make them un-uniformed by placing them vertical and horizontal, switching back and forth between shelves. I tend to display magazines flat b/c they're usually longer and flimsier than books.
Plants - If you have a tall bookcase, sometimes it looks odd when it's standing alone, so I decided to include a plant that's at it's height. It actually brought my whole shelf together. I seriously add plants to anything though, so this is me just feeding into my plant addiction to be honest...