Make your McKinney home beautiful!

Now that the holidays are over, do you find your home feels empty? Below are some simple tips to help turn boring bookshelves into stunning displays!

Purchasing accessories to decorate bookshelves can seem overwhelming and complicated, however, I’ve found that most of my clients already have everything they need. I always start by clearing out the shelves completely. Starting with a clean slate allows you to change things up completely for a fresh new look!

1.) MAKE A ‘SHOPPING AREA’: Go around your home and gather anything you might be able to use to decorate the shelves. It takes a lot of accessories to decorate shelves, so gather more than you think you’ll need. Also, think outside of the box. Try using items in a different way such as laying a vase or candlestick on its side or use various items from your kitchen as accent pieces. Lay everything out on your dining room table or another designated area, and  ‘Shop From Your Own Store’ while accessorizing your shelves.

2.) USE ACTUAL BOOKS: Don’t forget bookshelves are intended for books! Arrange books vertically and stack horizontally. For balance, add a decorative accessory on top of stacked books. A collection of “volume” books give shelves a clean and organized look. Try to use books with color coordinating spines. Take the paper covers off of hardback books and don’t even use paperback books. You can also turn books around so that the pages are showing instead of the spine. This is a great tip to keep your shelves from looking cluttered!

3.) BE SENTIMENTAL: Bookshelves are the perfect place to add personality to your home! In every home I design, I strive to create a space that is a reflection of my client’s personality and lifestyle. I add my personal touch by giving it that “Designer Look” that my client’s love, but still reflect the story of who THEY are. Sentimental items add so much meaning and interest to your shelves. Framing a handwritten note or recipe is great way to add personality.

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