Almost every home has at least one if not several bookshelves. From den to bedroom to bathroom, bookshelves are an important part of our homes. But, unlike its name, they are not just for books. In fact, decorating bookshelves is a fun way to give a room some personality. And what better time than the holidays to change the look of your space.
My wife loves bookshelves and is always bringing another home from a yard sale, so decorating them is quite a challenge. Here are some decorating tips, I have learned from the pros.
Firstly, bookshelves do need books. But, instead of lining them up vertically, try turning some horizontally. Interior decorators recommend using an odd number to add visual interest.
Next add some accessories to give the shelves added depth. This is where you can really get creative. Van Dyke’s Restorers recently added the Authentic Models collection of home decor items.
Add a stylish compass, binoculars, or spyglass for an adventurous look. Other great items in the collection include model planes, ships, and cars, as well as balloons, architectural models, games, and museum models. A vintage globe is always a nice touch. You will also find items for decorating your whole house. These items make great holiday gifts. I’ll have a holiday gift guide blog soon.
Van Dyke’s also offers a nice selection of thermometers and clocks. Again, they add visual interest and depth and are useful, too.
A personalized plaque with your family name makes the space personal along with some family photos and pictures. Plaques come in several sizes and styles for just the right look.
Mirrors are another popular choice when decorating and add visual interest. Mirrors also make a smaller space look bigger.
While adding items to the shelves, don’t neglect the shelf itself. Van Dyke’s offers one of the industry’s largest selections of corbels and shelf brackets in many sizes and design styles from Victorian to Contemporary.
Corbels are both decorative and highly functional adding strength and support. Metal shelf brackets also come in many styles and give a vintage appeal.
If your bookshelf covers an entire wall, a library ladder is not only a necessity, but will bring a sophisticated look to the space. Van Dyke’s has the Quiet Glide Library Ladder hardware kits and accessories to build your own ladder.
Van Dyke’s also offers the stylish Barrister Bookcase Kit in red oak that is a must have for your study or library. These units can be stacked to create a beautiful wall piece and are easy to assemble.
Here’s some great models for accenting your bookshelf from Authentic Models and now available from Van Dyke’s.