Chic Shelving

Another article in Canadian House & Home Magazines, as featured yesterday, was on styling bookshelves. I have clients ask me all the time how to make bookshelves look for polished, together and interesting. This article is hugely helpful, but I thought I’d add on some of my own suggestions as well.

-Wallpaper or bright paint applied to the backs wall of a bookshelf is unexpected and a wonderful way to add interest. It’s also a way to use bright color or pattern without committing to it on a whole wall. It also makes the items on your shelves pop. If you are in a rental or afraid of ruining your shelving use the tip from the article and cut foam core board to the size of the back of the shelf and apply the paper, paint or wrap in fabric and insert!
I am especially fond of Mrs Limestone’s shelves below (p.s. you will die when you see her renovation of her Brooklyn limestone)

Other great images (loving StudioBon’s living room with the orange and cowhide!)

Another thing you can do is organize your books by the color of the spine. It looks clean, organized and cool (albeit a tad OCD, which I certainly am not). Don’t feel the neeed to go in rainbow order!

I combined a few tips here by color co-ordinating and adding non book items to my Sapiens!

Happy organizing!


  1. Oh I LOVE this magazine. I must got a subscription for it. I love all the prints.

    I love the idea of adding wallpaper or paint in the back of a bookshelf. It also works great in the back of a china cabinet. I believe Making it Lovely did something like this in her built in china cabinet.

  2. I did this in a corner cupboard. I did the same color I used on the wall and it looks great. I LOVE this post!

  3. Thank you so much for this post! I just posted in my own blog a little while back asking for help with my own bookshelves. Unfortunately ours are open so the wallpaper thing won’t work for us, but I do think that is very fun. Great ideas in this article!

  4. Hi, I’ve been lurking for a while, but thought I’d {finally} say hi and tell you how much I love following your blog. I live in the Boston area too (Cambridge) and blog here:

    I actually did a post yesterday about adding moulding to IKEA bookshelves and painting out the back panels.

    Anyway, keep up the great work here!

  5. Lots to think about as my bookshelves are getting a tad out of control. Or maybe it’s my book-buying habit…

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