Bookcases are one of my favorite interior design elements in a room because they reveal the family's personality. They hold personal collections, mementos, photos of family members, favorite books etc. Bookcases add texture and variety to a room. The items in a bookcase must be arranged in a balanced way to achieve the most pleasing visual effect.
For this bookcase in a client's family room, I added lots of books and some accessories to the family photos and mementos the family already had. When you decorate your own bookcase, be sure to have a good amount of books and not too many family photos. Mix in some smaller accessories with bigger pieces for a good sense of balance. I added the contemporary art for a colorful touch of interest to the dark wood.
In this great room bookcase the T.V. is hidden behind the far left doors and there aren't alot of shelves. I kept it pretty simple with mostly books for texture. The oil painting and candles on the mantel add warmth and a focal point for the whole wall.
The rock face on this bookcase is strong and masculine so alot of small delicate accessories won't work. A few large boxes mixed in with the books are all it needs. I added the large candle holders and lantern to provide wonderful contrast to the real stones. The red plaid chairs are part of the overall design in this client's cosy family room.
Letitia Little is a licensed, award winning interior designer in Minneapolis, MN. For more info visit www.letitialittle.com.