How to Style Your Bookshelves
07/22 Design

How to Style Your Bookshelves

Featuring our latest collection with Threshold for Target

Spoiler alert: It’s not all about books. 

Bookshelves are the best canvas for displaying meaningful collections, adding visual interest, and maximizing storage — all in one. Whether you’re starting to style a bookcase from scratch or refreshing what’s currently there, these tips will give you the confidence of a seasoned stylist. And with our Threshold collection for Target, you’ve got everything you need to fill in the blanks. 

How to Style Your Bookshelves
How to Style Your Bookshelves

“Styling bookcases is one of my very favorite things to do, because it shows off a little personality and is easy to change up over time.”

– Shea McGee

No. 1: Take inventory 

We like to clear everything off the shelves to give ourselves a blank slate. With all of your decor on the floor, you can get a good look at your options and organize them by size. Need some inspiration for what to display? Try a mix of these: 

  • Books (and bookends!) 
  • Vases 
  • Framed photos 
  • Artwork 
  • Baskets and boxes 
  • Candles 
  • Potted plants 
  • Dishes and bowls 
  • Accent objects 

No. 2: Lay the foundation with larger items 

Placing your biggest pieces first will ground the look and create focal points. We recommend staggering them in order to balance the visual weight across the shelves. 

No. 3: Create groupings of two or three smaller items 

Fill in the gaps and add some personality with small and medium-sized items, grouped into mini vignettes. Some easy ways to do this are stacking books (horizontally or vertically), pairing similar objects together, and layering an item with a framed photo. But don’t forget — negative space can go a long way! 

“As you shift things around, don’t be afraid of a little bit of white space.”

– Shea McGee

No. 4: Step back to gauge balance  

As you find a new home for all of your odds and ends, don’t forget to see the bigger picture. Varying up the grouping structures, object heights, and even the textures will bring an overall sense of balance and interest to the eye. 

How to Style Your Bookshelves
How to Style Your Bookshelves

You’ll make it look easy.

Start with a few favorite décor pieces from our Target collection. 
Right this way
Set of 2 Soapstone Bookends Gray
Large Carved Cream Vase
Large Footed Camel Ceramic Vase
Small Footed Camel Ceramic Vase
Washed Bowl Cream
Small Light Woven Round Basket
Small Leaf Potted
Faceted Marble Decorative Figurine
Cream Vintage Vase
Marble Taper Candle Holder
Small Canister
Antique Floral Matted Framed Wall Poster Under Glass
Decorative Marble Arch Figurine White
Textural Pastel Abstract Framed Wall Canvas
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