7 Simple Ways To Dress Up Your Bookshelves

7 Simple Ways To Dress Up Boring Bookshelves | Looking for some easy ways to make your shelves more interesting? Check out these 7 simple ways to dress up your bookshelves.
7 Simple Ways To Dress Up Boring Bookshelves

Bookshelves are a very versatile and functional piece of furniture that are a great use of space in your home.

The only problem with them is that they can be a little boring to look at. Fortunately, there are a lot of really simple ways to dress up your bookshelves…so you can add some pizzazz without taking a lot of time to do it!

Read on to find out how.

Paint the Inside A Different Color

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Paint the inside a different color than the outside | 7 Simple Ways To Dress Up Your Bookshelves
Paint the inside a different color than the outside

If you want to add some interest to your shelves without doing a lot of extra work, try painting the inside of the shelf a different color than the outside. The contrast makes whatever you have on the shelves stand out a little more.

In this case, the outside of the bookshelf is painted a grey color that co-ordinates with the wall color, which makes the blue on the inside of the bookshelf really stand out.

Paint a Rainbow

Paint each shelf a different color of the rainbow, via cupofjo.com | 7 Simple Ways To Dress Up Your Bookshelves

Rainbow painted bookshelf, via cupofjo.com

If you want to take the paint treatment to another level, check out the bookshelf in this New York City apartment. They have painted the inside of each shelf a different color in the rainbow, which definitely makes a statement in the room!

You could do something similar with different shades of the same color to create an ombre effect.

Cover the Back in Fabric

Cover the back of the bookshelf with fabric | 7 Simple Ways To Dress Up Your Bookshelves
Cover the back of the bookshelf with fabric

If you want more pattern on your bookshelves, try covering the back with fabric.

Wires across shelf - before | 7 Simple Ways To Dress Up Your Bookshelves
Wires across shelf – before

It has the added advantage that if you have electronics on your shelf, you can hide the cords behind the fabric.

1. Cut a piece of fabric that is few inches wider and longer than the back of the shelf.

Put the wires behind the fabric | 7 Simple Ways To Dress Up Your Bookshelves
Put the wires behind the fabric

2. Turn the edges under and line it up with the edge of the shelf. Make sure any wires are pushed up behind the fabric.

Staple the fabric to the back of the shelf | 7 Simple Ways To Dress Up Your Bookshelves
Staple the fabric to the back of the shelf

3. Staple the edges in place.

Wires are hidden behind the fabric | 7 Simple Ways To Dress Up Your Bookshelves
Wires are hidden behind the fabric

And you have a shelf with no wires showing!

Cover the Back In Wallpaper

Wallpaper adds pizzazz to the back of bookshelves, by Martha O'Hara Interiors | 7 Simple Ways To Dress Up Your Bookshelves

Photo by Martha O’Hara Interiors

Wallpaper is another great way to add some pattern to the back of your bookshelf. A bold geometric pattern can really make your shelves stand out.

Cover the Back in Mirrors

Have mirror cut to fit the spaces between the shelves and install it on the back of the shelf | 7 Simple Ways To Dress Up Your Bookshelves
Have mirror cut to fit the spaces between the shelves and install it on the back of the shelf

If you want to add some sparkle and reflection to your bookshelf, try lining the back with mirror. You can get it cut to size at a local glass and mirror company. Then glue it up with mirror adhesive.

In this wall unit, the shelves also have a shiny finish which really adds some glamour.  Click here to see the instructions for making your own silver shelving.

Add Mirrors to the Front Supports

Use mirror on the front supports for a subtle upgrade | 7 Simple Ways To Dress Up Your Bookshelves
Use mirror on the front supports for a subtle upgrade

If you want a more subtle effect that still adds some interest to your shelves, glue strips of mirror to the front supports. Again, a local glass and mirror company should be able to cut them to size for you.

Mirror on front supports adds a subtle upgrade | 7 Simple Ways To Dress Up Your Bookshelves
Mirror on front supports adds a subtle upgrade

It will add a little sparkle without being overwhelming, and still shows up when you actually use your shelves to store a lot of books!

Line the Back With Beadboard

Beadboard adds texture to the back of a bookshelf, via anurbancottage.blogspot.com | 7 Simple Ways To Dress Up Your Bookshelves

Installing beadboard behind the shelves adds some texture, via anurbancottage.blogspot.com

To add some texture to your shelves, install beadboard behind them. Painting it before you nail (or glue it) up there will make the installation job much easier.

Use Glass Shelves

Use glass shelves with lights to showcase items on your book shelves, by Fredman Design Group | 7 Simple Ways To Dress Up Your Bookshelves

Living room with glass shelves, photo by Fredman Design Group

If you want to showcase some of your collectibles, replace the shelves with glass. Then add some lights under the top shelf that highlight your collection.

With all of these really easy options, you can stop looking at your boring bookshelves once and for all!

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