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Of course, this is a no brainer. A bookshelf requires books… duh. Here’s my tip though: Be sure to stack your books vertically AND horizontally. You can even leave a few balancing on an angle.

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This is a great way to add some colour and whimsy to your bookshelf. Place a small canvas along the back of your bookshelf. It helps to fill the space and add some colour. I dare you to try it!
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This might also seem like a no brainer. It’s your home so make your bookshelf YOURS. I love adding client photos to their shelves, nick nicks they have collected for years, books they love and artifacts that have meaning to them.
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If you have a lot of books it’s a great idea to lay them out on the floor and sort them by colour. You know… red with red bindings and blue with blue. This way you can divide and conquer. I love using a lot of white, black, navy and grey bound books. It’s fun to add some colour in the spring with yellows, pinks and purples OR add some red, orange and brown in the fall. This simple step can completely change the look of your shelves.
Edit. Step back to reassess.
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Always look under the paper cover. Sometimes you’ll get a gorgeous solid coloured hard cover so I’d recommend to ditch the paper cover and let that book take in it’s naked glory. Ok, so maybe it’s not so glorious… try using a glue gun and some wallpaper or linen to wrap that baby up. It can help to add a cohesive and pulled together look to your bookshelf. You’ll just probably want to leave the bound edges outward.
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Happy Styling! Share your pics with me on Twitter. I’d love to see your bookshelves. @Jaclyn_Colville
Jackie xo


  1. Micheal Duranyik says

    I was so happy to see you posting on here again Jaclyn!!! Maybe an updated pic of yourself next time!!! Lots of hugs!!!

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