- It's clear that this piece of furniture is acting more like a "store all" than a bookcase. Unrelated items are gathered without purpose or plan. Styling 101: Your bookcase should have books!
- It's lacking a balanced color palette.
- The bookcase feels ungrounded as if it were floating in the space.
- There is no inviting area to sit and get lost in your favorite book.
- Books were gathered and grouped by color and size. Blacks, whites, browns and grays are all neutrals and can be blended with other colors.
- Lighting is always key. We switched out cool overheads for warm light when possible. We inserted a small lamp to create a focal point and blur the vertical and horizontal lines.
- Establishing balance is an easy way to create a stylish layout. In the top left and right cubes, we matched simple greenery with both ceramics and books in white. The center cube is filled with a white lamp and a pewter frame.
- We added a chevron patterned rug which grounds the furniture piece and allows for a more comfortable place to rest and read.
- An earthy, woven basket filled with various sizes of pillows adds both functionality and texture to the scene.
- Atop the bookcase, gold and glass vases were placed alongside a stack of black and brown books and a vintage wood panel. A small light was added to illuminate the intricate structure of woodwork.
- Family photos in frames were added throughout the piece. We reproduced all the photos in black and white and paired them with pewter frames, adding to the cohesion and sophistication.