When selling your house, making book shelves look great is an important element to the overall look. They may be either built in or free standing. Here are some tips:
- These are not for storage in the strict sense. So, no cardboard boxes with flaps!
- Lots of designers divide the shelving unit into visual grids when dressing it. This can help you to keep things looking balanced.
- Keep books to the front of each shelf. That way they are not hiding back in the shadows
- Vary the heights. Some books can stand up, some on their sides. A piece of sculpture, a pitcher from your kitchen cupboard or a picture frame can keep things interesting. Stay away from personal photos.
- Layer. A framed picture can stand up at the back of the shelf and a few books in the front that don’t hide the whole frame.
- Repeat elements. An element can be a color or maybe you have a collection of pottery or glass. Three items can be defined as a collection, so don’t get carried away! A few of these things can enter into the mix.
- A simple way to create a great look is to stack all books on their sides, a few on each shelf. Done!
- Small things will “read” as clutter, so fewer, larger items will look and photograph better.
- No books? Sculpture or glass or pottery can dress shelves beautifully. Stay away from tiny items.
Limit the color palate. Above all, stand back once in a while and make sure the whole thing looks balanced. One item per shelf is often all that’s needed. Have a little fun with it. Seemingly little details add up to help buyers fall in love with the house!
Your friendly staging consultant, Susan