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An Eat Sleep Live Guide to Decorating a Bookcase

Posted by Mark Godsell-Fletcher on

Our contemporary version of a traditional bookcase fits into any room in your home. Our bookcases are beautifully designed to give you flexibility with their adjustable shelving system. Bookshelves historically adorned with books of all shapes and sizes have now become a piece of furniture that we now stylishly decorate, let us give you some ideas on decorating a bookcase. [caption id="attachment_5457" align="aligncenter" width="410"]Original Bookcase, from £990.00 Original Bookcase, from £990.00[/caption] You need to keep it simple and try and ensure a portion of the shelf is not occupied as it can begin to look cluttered.  Think about symmetry in your arrangements as a sense of balance in your decorative design can be powerful.  The obvious purpose of a bookshelf is to store books and at Eat Sleep Live we love books about interiors and architecture such as an indispensable source of inspiration, Kelly Hoppen Ideas: Creating a Home for the Way you Live. [caption id="attachment_5453" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Signed Kelly Hoppen Ideas: Creating a Home for the Way you Live, Kelly Hoppen Home £20.00 Signed Kelly Hoppen Ideas: Creating a Home for the Way you Live, Kelly Hoppen Home £20.00[/caption] Stack coffee table books, such as the one above, horizontally in stacks of three to create a sophisticated look.  Other books place in small groups as to not over dominate the shelf, add a book end to complete the display. [caption id="attachment_5459" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Heads up horsey bookends, Sweetpea & Willow £73.50 Heads up horsey bookends, Sweetpea & Willow £73.50[/caption] Give your shelves a sense of depth by using artwork to create layers by leaning them along the back of your shelves.  The Getty Collection of prints are striking such as this one taken on 1 January 1925 at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. [caption id="attachment_5450" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Getty Images Gallery First Nighters Frame Print, John Lewis £150.00 Getty Images Gallery First Nighters Frame Print, John Lewis £150.00[/caption] And so to the decorative accessories, try and keep your accessories to a similar tone.  Bring complimentary shades from your room decor through a couple of key accessories such as this tall and elegant handmade porcelain vase. [caption id="attachment_5456" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Tower Vase, Made By Hand Online £56.00 Tower Vase, Made By Hand Online £56.00[/caption] For a luxurious eye-catching look this sleek vase with its intertwining copper bands is the perfect vase to hold your favourite flowers. [caption id="attachment_5454" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Stelton Tangle vase Copper, Cloudberry Living £67.95 Stelton Tangle vase Copper, Cloudberry Living £67.95[/caption] My favourite flower is the Peony, and although I love the real thing, they are often not that easy to come by locally.  Faux flowers can be found in most designer collections today and this lovely bunch of flowering peonies in cream, pale pink and red will bring your shelf to life. [caption id="attachment_5461" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Faux Peonies Bunch, OKA Direct £35.00 Faux Peonies Bunch, OKA Direct £35.00[/caption] This gorgeous and unusually shaped bowl has a slightly textured surface and is a perfect alternative for your flowers. [caption id="attachment_5460" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Flat Top Glass Bowl, Kelly Hoppen Home £35.00 Flat Top Glass Bowl, Kelly Hoppen Home £35.00[/caption] Bowls are also wonderful pieces for decorative displays, such as this hand carved porcelain swirl bowl full of natural elegance. [caption id="attachment_5455" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Large Swirl Bowl, IN-SPACES £35.00 Large Swirl Bowl, IN-SPACES £35.00[/caption] Sculptured pieces should also be added to your shelves, but ensure that your shelves are not cluttered and you keep your symmetry in mind.  Whether your sculpture is vintage, traditional or contemporary it will be the perfect finishing touch to your design.  With its elegant curve, this sweeping staircase model is exquisitely made and will look fabulous as part of your display. [caption id="attachment_5452" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Authentic Models Grand Staircase Model, Occa-Home £141.00 Authentic Models Grand Staircase Model, Occa-Home £141.00[/caption] An iconic piece of British architecture is the inspiration behind this striking sculpture.  This stylish ornament of Battersea Power Station's Northern Chimneys is the ultimate in finishing touches. [caption id="attachment_5458" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Battersea Power Station by Chisel & Mouse, Rume £140.00 Battersea Power Station by Chisel & Mouse, Rume £140.00[/caption] When our bookcase arrives, take time to think about how you are going to decorate it as we know that great design deserves to be cherished.      


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