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DIY: Chic & Cheap Bookshelf Tips

June 1, 2010

Ever since I saw this image in a magazine, I’ve been dying to try it out.  Not only is cheap DIY fix to add glamour to any room, but it is also quite easy–albeit a bit time consuming.  However, it is completely worth it!  If you don’t have an odd assortment of colors in your book binds, take off the hardcover jackets!  You will (usually) be surprised to see a different color and pattern underneath.  While I did not have a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf to work with in my own room, I was able to re-create this on one shelf, while also adding a twist.  Right below and above the shelf, I added accessories, such as vases filled with collected beach glass, shells, various frames, and other momentos.  On the top shelf, I also decided to add a monochromatic (black and white) shelf to even out the color distribution and make it a little less overwhelming on the eyes.  The result?  A beautiful artistic bookshelf that now is a focal point in the room, rather than a boring eyesore.

Can you spot Caroline and me in the photo below?  Look carefully.

And now for close-ups to either get a better idea of the color order or sneak a peek at my ancient book collection.  You can notice from the pictures that the color order does not need to be exact at all!  It’s the greater effect that counts, so if, for example, you have a book spine with mostly white, but a few light blues tones–add it to the pile!

And, of course, if you do not have, for example, any bright yellow, maroon, or orange book spines, just go on to the next color you do have on hand.  As you can see, the book Tariki is actually a coppery-brown color, but when added to the grand scheme of things, goes really well!

And that concludes our first DIY “after” post (unfortunately without the “before”…just picture randomly sorted books).  What do you guys think?  We love that anyone is able to spruce up a room with just a little time and without spending a dime.  Anyone out there done a similar bookshelf redesign project?  Shoot us an email with pictures at youngDCliving AT gmail DOT com, we’d love to see them!

Keep checking our “Home/Design” tab above for similar design ideas and DIY tips!


2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 3, 2010 3:41 PM

    This came out great! I’ve seen the idea in magazines and online, but I’ve never seen anyone actually go for it. Love it!

    • June 4, 2010 1:50 PM

      Thanks Erin! That means a lot. Definitely had been thinking about this idea for a while…so glad it turned out well 🙂

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