Bookcases and open shelving can be a wonderful way to add style and character to a space. But, sometimes it can be a struggle to get them to look and feel the way you dream it should.
Over the years, I’ve experimented with many different methods, but have finally stumbled on a simple formula that makes the process so much easier. Today, I’m sharing the quick and easy steps.
How to Style a Farmhouse Bookcase in 3 Easy Steps
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Before you can begin styling your bookcases, you first need to gather together a selection of decor items. The most important factor to consider when choosing these items is to gather things that you love. After all, this exercise is to inject your personal style into a space.
If you love the farmhouse style similar to Joanna Gaines (and me!) here are some ideas you might like to consider:
- tobacco baskets and woven wicker items
- wooden boxes
- old books
- vintage art prints
- greenery (this and this are two of my favorite faux plants)
- galvanized metal containers
- vintage china and bowls
- antique cameras
- leather items
- white pitchers
Once you have a selection of items gathered in various sizes and textures, empty out your bookcases completely and start styling.
1.Start with tall items first and place in a zig-zag pattern
In this particular example, the top shelf is grounded with a large, central display.
Once I began the other shelf styling, I layered my tallest items first. If height is a problem, trying stacking things on boxes, or layering a tall items behind.
2.Add in books
Old books are – hands down- my most frequently reached for decor items. I stack them, pile them, and turn them every which way. They always add in great character for the farmhouse style, and help elevate small items.
3.Finish off with greenery and “littles”
Like the other 2 steps, I add greenery in in a zig-zag pattern as well. There is something about that zig-zag formula that makes the overall look more pleasant to the eye ~ and orderly, not messy!
A few more tips and ideas
- As you work in a zig zag pattern, it is also helpful to have similar textures and colors of the zig- zagged items ~ like the 3 black items in the picture above.
- A good design rule of thumb is to place arrangements in odd numbered groupings ~ like the 3 brass bells.
- Use bookcase styling as a way to add in seasonal decor touches. Adding in seasonal foliage or fresh flower arrangements is a simple way to do that.
Although I don’t actually live in a farmhouse, this farmhouse styled billy bookcase adds the character into our builder basic townhouse that I love.
If you are looking for other helpful articles on bookcase styling, you may want to check out these:
- How to Decorate a Bookcase from Thistlewood Farms
- Our Favorite tips for Styling a Bookcase from The Handmade Home
- Styling a Beautiful Bookcase from The DIY Mommy