I found some bookcases at Ikea, from the Besta line. We have a small nook in our living room and these bookcases fit perfectly, just like built-ins would have without any hassle. These are great, sturdy bookcases, they were inexpensive, plus we had them assembled in a couple of hours! The entire set cost about $260.
Play around with your accessories and try different arrangements. There's no right or wrong. If you're like me, however, you need some guidelines as a jumping off point.
- Group like books together, you still want to easily find the book you're looking for.
- Arrange books both vertically and horizontally for visual appeal. Stack books horizontally and place an accessory on top.
- Carry your color scheme onto your bookshelf to give the room a sense of unity (remember to best utilize an accent color it needs to be used at least three times in a room).
- Use photo frames as bookends, this is a great way to add color.
- Candles don't make sense on a bookshelf, paper and fire are not a good combo. Even if you don't intend to light it, it still might not look right.
- Add a small plant. I love adding live plants to spaces, it makes a room feel warm and lived in.
My next stop is always the Goodwill. I find great treasures at the Goodwill and local thrift store. I purchased a metal tin that I repainted to fit my color scheme, tossed a silk fern in and placed it on the top shelf too. Other odds and ends I found were a wooden clock, some frames and a brass jar with a lid. These things I interspersed on the shelves and in total cost less than $10.
I started leaving the brass jar as is on the shelf, but it just didn't look right. So I decided I spray paint it quickly in my basement with some silver paint I had on hand.
That actually didn't work for me either, so I ended up spray painting it a high gloss white. I only paid $1 at the GW so I figure it doesn't really matter if I mess it up! White worked great and made it look more sophisticated.
I purchased a couple of items at Home Goods, a blue picture frame and glass bowl with a rope handle. They were only about $15 total and matched perfectly. I love the brass nail head look on the frame, plus the blue color of the bowl. I want to have just a hint of a beach feel and those pieces really help me get that, along with bringing the blue accent color through my room. My absolute favorite piece is the large piece of driftwood. I found it on the beach this summer, soaked it in a little bleach and let it dry in the sun. It was free and this natural accessory looks great!
One last accessory I added was a glass jar I filled with some shells from our vacation. I already had the jar and a few of the shells I just sprayed with a little gold paint to make them stand out. The shells look even more beautiful gilded. In case your wondering, Hobby Lobby sells small cans of spray paint for about $2 or $3, it's a great place to buy accent colors that you may not need a lot of. But lets face it, once you spray paint something gold, you're going to see what else you can spray paint gold!
Finished product...for today at least.