One of my favorite things to do whenever I visit someone’s home is check out the books and knick-knacks they have on their shelves. I feel like you can learn a lot about a person based on what they read or have on display, and I’m always curious to get a glimpse into someone’s thoughts and interests.
Growing up, I was surrounded by books, as my mom is a voracious reader and my dad likes to collect classics. Not only did we have overflowing bookshelves in every room of the house, my parents also displayed old photos and items from their travels around Europe. The whole presentation created an atmosphere of a cozy library, and, as a kid, I would spend hours analyzing the black and white photos of my parents as children or trying to decipher the German words painted on beer steins that depicted traditional cultural scenes.
In my own home, my bookshelves have always been my favorite part of any room. As I spent my early twenties moving around a lot, my books and knick-knacks came to represent my feeling of home and remind me of who I was. So, even on nights when I was really feeling the effects of being 1,000 miles away from my friends and family, I had a visual display of comfort.
While often underrated, bookshelves can have a huge impact on a room when done right. When it comes to organizing my bookshelves, I like to create a space that is both personal and functional, as well as being aesthetically pleasing.
1. Include photos and personal items
2. Arrange books horizontally and vertically to create depth
3. Showcase antique or interesting books