6 Clever ways to decorate your bookcase using accessories

A bookcase can be a functional accessory for your home, storing all your treasured novels and books, but you want to resist the urge to pack a ton of books on each shelf, and instead mix up accessories and small pieces of art to add interest and create balance. 


For a picture-perfect bookcase décor, I’m going to share six clever ways to incorporate objects and accessories that have special meaning to create an aesthetic focal point in your home. 


Source suitable accessories

You don’t have to spend lots of money on expensive accessories, many of them you probably already have in your home. Go on and hunt in your home for small pictures, vases, small art accessories, plants, and keepsakes.  


If you’re short of small art accessories, check out my glass art smalls collection for some color-inspired decorative pieces. 




Arrangement of books

Arrange books both vertically and horizontally and add accessories on top of a stack of horizontal books. Choose color-coordinated books with accessories for the perfect blend of shape and tone.  


Choose decorative bookends

There are a range of bookends to choose from, from contemporary to more traditional. What you choose will depend on the style of your home and also the age of your books. 


If you can’t find what you’re looking for or want to use existing items in your home, you can try using a treasured rock or large pebble from your favorite beach, an old pen holder, or a picture frame to keep your books in place. 


Staggered shelving

Stagger your objects amongst the books to create small coves of interest on each shelf.  Don’t feel you have to use all the space on every shelf, some areas may be more book-heavy and others a mix of books and accessories. 


Layered shelving 

Layer items on top of each other to create a sense of depth and texture. This could mean layering some little decorative objects in front of books or placing books in front of a piece of art. 


Use contrast

A little contrast goes a long way. If items displayed together look too similar, they can become a bit one-dimensional – so mix it up a little.  You may want to stack a round object on top of something square for instance or mix different textures such as leather and glass together.  


Decorating your bookcase is a great way to flex your creativity.  Have fun and remember there are no rules. Don’t forget to share your bookcase creations with me – I’d love to see your ideas too.