A messy, overcrowded bookcase can be distracting and look bad in the nicest of rooms. With a few photos, you can get a new perspective on your bookcase and class it up without sacrificing its utility. Photo by Chris Gladis.
Yes, a bookcase should have books on the shelves, but it can also hold family photos, plants and pieces of art. To help you lay out the perfect bookcase, Taryn Williford at Apartment Therapy suggests you take a photo of how it looks right now. Step back until you can perfectly frame everything in your camera and take a quick snapshot:
There's magic that happens in a camera's viewfinder: By looking at the photo, you'll get a better picture of which areas of your shelf are visually heavy and which are looking a little bare. You can use that new perspective to confidently start to edit.
You can even use your smartphone's camera if you like. Use your photo as a reference and remove anything you don't want any more, or that seems to clutter your bookcase. Maybe some shelves would look better with books stacked instead of side by side. Maybe you can organise your books by author or colour. Or maybe you can use one section of your bookcase to show off some of your favourite books and face out the covers. Keep taking photos and repeating the process until your happy with what you see in the photo. With the help of your smartphone's camera, you can literally make your bookcase look picture perfect.
How To Edit Your Bookshelves and Start Loving Your Space [Apartment Therapy]