It doesn’t take much for small homes to look cluttered – even if you don’t have a lot of “extra” stuff.
Like I’ve shared before, our place is small and doesn’t naturally have a lot of storage (hello one closet!) so we have been continually adding storage solutions.
We brought these two Billy bookshelves from our last place. We added the optional extension pieces and now they are super tall – almost to the ceiling.
They take up an entire half-wall in our living/dining space and the glass doors mean that everything is on display.
Every time I looked at them, I felt stressed. There was just so much going on:
There was some stuff that I wanted to get rid of, but for the most part the items on the shelves were things that we actually used & needed and didn’t have anywhere else to store.
I realized that part of the problem was all the different colors and miscellaneous items. There wasn’t a sense of order, which meant my eyes bounced all over the shelves. Here’s what helped:
3 Tips for Beautiful Bookcases
1) Sort Books by Color
I saw this trend awhile ago and finally gave it a try. I really like how it turned out:
2. Hide visual clutter using boxes and baskets.
I was already doing this and bought more boxes to contain the other little items like small vases & candle holders that didn’t already have a home.
For a more put-together look, try keeping the boxes/baskets in the same color family.
Note: You can see that I swapped out the green boxes for more calming white ones. The green boxes are now storing things in the bathroom cupboard.
3. Keep things interesting by adding different colors & textures.
This is a great opportunity to shop your home – look around and see what you can find. I found this little basket hanging out in our kitchen.
After being annoyed by our bookcases for months, it is such a joy to look out from the kitchen and see this. I literally feel my shoulders relax.