HOW TO STYLE A Bookcase

Erika Brechtel brass etagere design books library

I’ve got my design library transferred to my vintage brass etagere in the studio revamp, so I thought I’d share some tips to help you style your next bookcase!

Tip #1
When creating your stacks, remove book jackets to help create uniformity of tones, and spread spine colors out between the stacks:

Erika Brechtel brass etagere design books library vignette

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Tip #2
Mix vertical and horizontal stacks. Have fun with bookends!

Erika Brechtel brass etagere design books library standing stack

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Tip #3
Integrate small objects to add variety of scale. Vintage finds and mementos add character:

Erika Brechtel brass etagere design books library Prada flame shoe

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Tip #4
Vary shapes & sizes of book stack toppers. (And don’t feel the need to top every stack):

Erika Brechtel brass etagere design books library stacked books toppers Hermes boxes

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Tip #5
Add a piece of art as a back layer for depth:

Erika Brechtel brass etagere design books library artwork

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Bonus Tip!
You don’t need to layer books perfectly like a pyramid on top of each other largest to smallest, bottom to top. Try mixing it up a little to give the appearance of a more casually stacked arrangement that would naturally occur in a working library:

Erika Brechtel brass etagere design books library stack

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Et voilà! A styled bookcase in no time.

Good luck! Hope these tips help!

xoxo-EB

Photos & styling by Erika Brechtel

Erika Brechtel

Erika Brechtel

Creative Director

Desiring an online space to explore well-rounded, inspired content in all topics she loves most, Erika created 'The E List' (formerly the Small Shop blog) in 2010. When not enjoying an “occasional" glass of wine and wanderlusting for even warmer climates, Erika can be found sharing laughs with friends and family, and trying her very best to keep up with her 6-year old daughter (yet failing miserably).

12 Comments
  1. BRAVO GIRL! Looks amazing and honestly, as a designer, those are exactly what tips I would share! Way to kill it!
    I am still just glowing over the fact that I have one of these bad boys now….off to restyle my bookcase. inspired by EB!

    xo
    ashlina