bold bookcases ::

looking for another simple way to update the design of your home?  look no further than your built-in bookcases or shelves!  those places tend to be a dumping ground for outdated accessories, or old photos, and a bit of hidden dust, but with a little work and creativity, they can be a fresh new focal point for any room!

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{source :: the coveteur via decorpad.com}

don’t just purchase a new accessory to place on a shelf and hope for a great result.  i tell my clients to start from scratch when arranging bookcases or shelves.  remove all items from the space and rearrange one by one until you get it right!  try to vary heights, sizes, shapes, and colors on each shelf but balance them throughout the space.  also when arranging accessories, try to use items in an odd number – these groupings are typically more pleasing visually.

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{source :: amanda teal designs via decorpad.com}

select items with different materials and textures for a professionally designed look!  for instance, pair a wooden bowl with a glass statue, or a metal piece with ceramic accessories as in the photo above!

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“before” {above}

this client called me and asked that i add a bit of pizzaz to the built-in bookcases in her great room.  luckily, she already had some great accessories to work with, but with a bit more color found in a few new pieces, we were able to create just the look she wanted!

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“after” :: bookcase refresh by nicole odette designs

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“before” {above}

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“after” bookcase refresh by nicole odette designs

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{source :: ab chao via decorpad.com}

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{source :: amber interiors via decorpad.com}

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{source :: emily a. clark via decorpad.com}

i absolutely love this office by emily clark!  check out how the beautiful accent paint color at the back of the bookshelves provides an unexpected pop of color and fantastic backdrop for the books and accessories on the shelves!

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 {source :: jeffers design group via decorpad.com}

when redesigning your space, don’t neglect the built-ins and shelves … simple updates to these spaces can provide the touch of style that you’re looking to accomplish in your home!

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