It Works… But WHY? (PART 1): TOP 5 Kimplistic Tips for Styling Luxury Interior Design Bookshelves
Often, when I visit the the homes of new interior design clients, they will share with me that they love their homes themselves, but their decors “just don’t seem to work”. This, of course, is where I come in to help my clients discover and hone their own styles and tastes, with the finished product being a representation completely personal to them.
When a client is unsure of their own preferences with regard to decor style, one of the recommendations that I start with is to flip through design magazines and mark pictures that they love. Whether it is organic and “green” feeling or contemporary-sleek, as we review the images together, we will often discover underlying patterns that indicate a clear direction in which to steer the design plan. Typically, a client does not actually know WHY they love a certain look… they just like how it “feels”. It is my job to incorporate all of those “likes” into one beautiful, cohesive space.
In this week’s blog posts, I will share some of my own designer thoughts and tips about WHY it is that certain design components are so successful and aesthetically-pleasing to the eye.
So today, let’s start with bookshelves! As most of you can probably agree, bookshelves can go ALLLLL kinds of wrong! They can end up being the “catch all” for a random display of anything and everything, with no emphasis on form or organization. Now granted, bookshelves are too valuable of storage spaces to not be utilized to their fullest! However, the items you select for your shelves, as well as the way in which they are arranged, make all the difference in the world! There are many ways to successfully style bookshelves, but here are a few of my Kimplistic tips to get you started….
TIP #1: Bookshelves are not just for books!
Instead, intersperse accessories between your books to create designer flair!
TIP #2: Create symmetry by balancing items of similar shape and/or size on each side of a large bookcase, or on both sides of dual bookcases.
TIP #3: Carry accents of your color scheme throughout your bookshelf arrangements.
TIP #4: Rather than loading your books all in one direction, alternate horizontal and vertical stacks.
TIP #5: For narrower bookshelves, try a top-down arrangement!
Create this type of look by beginning with a large focal point accessory on the top shelf that narrows as the shelves get lower. The bottom shelf should end up with all books, thereby encompassing the bulk of visual “weight”.
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