For many people, their first experience with bookcases has been based on the libraries and schools that they experienced in their childhoods. These bookcases consisted of rows upon rows of bookcases filled from top to bottom with books, dusty old books, sorted according to the Dewey Decimal Classification System. This can be a very uninspiring way to present a bookcase in your home. Thankfully the design of bookcases in the home has come a long way in the past one hundred years. They now come in a variety of sizes, colours, styles and shapes. There is virtually a style for every space and every situation. No matter what type of bookcase you have in your home, there are many tricks you can use that will make it look WOW! Homify has found the best tricks for you here.
Try to Include a Bookcase Anywhere
Bookcases were traditionally located in the library of great manor houses. This was at a time when not everybody was able to read. They were seen as the furniture of the rich and educated. This is certainly not the case in modern times. Bookcases are not only found in nearly every home, they can also be found in most every room. As the styles and sizes of bookcases vary enormously in modern times, the positions they can fit into also vary. Areas that were once useless due to their size, such as the space underneath the stairs can be the perfect place to put a bookcase. Consider putting bookcases in different areas such as in the toilet or on a balcony. Any place you may want to read is a great place to put a bookcase.
Give it a Bright Coat of Paint
The finish of the traditional bookcase was nearly always polished timber. These could often come in a variety of types and shades, but were limited in their appearance. To create a new and different style of bookcase consider giving it a bright coat of paint. The paint you choose should match the style and colour theme of your home. Don’t be afraid to use bright colours such as a deep red or a bright blue. For something completely different consider also patterns. These can be achieved by applying wallpaper to the inside or outside of your bookcase. For a completely different look, consider applying a patterned wallpaper to the inside of a bookcase, with a complimentary paint colour on the outside.
Try a Design Which also Includes your Entertainment System
Another way to integrate a bookcase in a space within the home is to use it for an additional purpose. One of the best ways to do this is to use it to house your entertainment system. A bookcase is a practical and attractive place for all your audio visual equipment. These can be placed on the individual shelves of the bookcase. For large pieces such as a television, consider removing shelves from the middle of the bookshelf. Alternatively you can cut the bookcase in half, and place the top half next to the bottom half, this will give you a long bookcase which is ideal to put your television on top of. The other equipment such as DVD players, amplifiers and speakers can be placed on the shelves below. This bookcase is by Worsley Woodworking.
Try Using the Space Under the Staircase
One of the most under-utilised areas of the home is the space situated underneath staircases. Whether the space beneath the stairs is a covered area or open it is often not fully utilized. This can be a wonderful place to fit a bookcase. It can also be a unique and attractive way of displaying not only books but artwork, photographs or a personal collection. Consider converting the space underneath your stairs to a bookcase. When you do this, do not forget to include lighting. This can be important when the area is in a dark corner. Place the lights in strategic places to ensure that it illuminates the books, artworks or whatever you have displayed on the shelves. This bookcase is by Inglish Design.
If a Bookcase Doesn’t Work, Go with Shelves
If you have found the perfect place for books, ornaments or a personal collection in your house, but simply can’t find a bookcase that suits, don’t worry there are alternatives. When you have set your heart on displaying certain items in your home, but have never found a bookcase that suits the style of the home, or is not the right size, or shape you might need to consider alternatives. One of the best alternatives is shelves. Shelves are far more flexible than a bookcase. They can be fixed to a wall when space is at a premium and can be very easy to install and maintain. They come in a variety of materials such as timber, aluminium or veneer, which makes suitable for all styles of home.
If you have a traditional bookcase, that is currently used to store your books, you may be looking for alternative ways to arrange them. It may be that you want your books to have better presentation. It may be that your bookcase has lost its WOW factor. One way to brighten up your book arrangement is to consider arranging your books vertically instead of horizontally. Sort your books according to height, then arrange them vertically on the shelves. If you are looking for more of a challenge, you can sort them into colours, then arrange them in piles. This can create a striking appearance. If colour is important in your design, why not bring a brightness to your bookcase by including bright and unusual pictures to the inside of your bookcases. This will create an area of interest to an otherwise dull area.
Many bookcases are filled with dusty old books, arranged in the traditional Dewey Decimal Classification system. This does not have to be the case with all bookcases. It is possible to update and spruce up your bookcase for the 21st century. There are some clever tricks that you can employ to create a sense of WOW to your bookcase; put your bookcase in unusual places, give it a coat of bright paint, use it to house your entertainment system, use the space underneath the stairs, consider storing your books vertically or why not use shelves instead of a bookcase for those difficult spaces. These are just a few tips, for more ideas see 5 Stunning Bookcase Designs.