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Bookshelves can be an open canvas for decor, treasured books, a small lamp or even your favorite family pictures. So with all these options, it’s essential to make a plan and decide what you want to feature on your shelves, showing off your best and most loved pieces that represent your personality.

Color Coding: If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to get styling, start with color-coding. A bookshelf can look mismatched and unloved with books just thrown onto the shelves haphazardly. So why not take the time to sort through your books, pick a few for display and sort the rest into color families. This way, you can practically display your books while catching the eye with an organized color scheme.

Directional Placement: The direction in which you place your books can make all the difference in terms of the overall style. Play with stacks of books in different directions to make your shelves extra pleasing to the eyes. Try one of the bookshelves with just vertical stacks of books with a few small decor items in place, and on the second shelf, switch back to the traditional way of stacking with a fun bookend on one side to break up the design.

Decor Items: Who said a bookshelf is meant just for books? Decor items add fun to your shelves and are a great way to show off your favorite pieces without cluttering your space. The hardest part can be deciding what decor piece works best. Consider gathering up all the available items you may want to display and lay them out in front of your bookshelf. Try different items until you find the ones that fit perfectly. Also, consider using things that aren’t traditional decor, such as knickknacks, postcards, vintage toys, teacups or whatever item holds value to you.

Living Decor: Last but not least, consider adding some living decor to your shelving scheme. Whether you choose fresh or faux flowers, rocks, a small plant or even some branches, almost anything would look good! Incorporating something from the outdoors can really pull together the whole look of your shelf and give your design an eye-catching texture that you might not find in anything else.

Now that your bookshelf is complete, grab a good book and curl up next to your Valor Fireplace!

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