First, clear the bookshelves so you can work with a blank canvas. Before setting up your arrangement, thoroughly clean each shelf. Don't forget to dust your books too. Occasional gentle cleaning of your bookshelf and contents not only keeps your room fresh but also extends the life of your books.
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Dos and Don'ts of Arranging a Bookshelf
Capture the Colors
Don't be afraid to be bold—with a color-coordinated bookcase, for instance. Incorporate the room’s color scheme into your bookshelf to give the space a sense of unity, or simply cluster books by color, with red in one area and purple in another. You can go a step further by color-coding your accent pieces too.
Stack Up Style
Books that are stacked horizontally can create pedestals for displaying decorative items. Avoid making your book stacks the same height, but rather vary them to create visual interest and depth. Never, however, store valuable books in stacks. Shelve them vertically to put less strain on the bindings and keep the books in their best condition.
Do More with Less
Bring Books Forward
Bring your books up to the edge of the shelf instead of pushing them against the back. This not only adds dimension, but it creates a hierarchy between the books and objects. With the books front and center, the accessories become supplemental players, offering touches of character and personality.
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