Unpatterned Quoted in NBC News Article: Bookshelf Styling

 

This just in: some of Unpatterned bookshelf styling tips and tricks were included in a fun NBC News article about bookshelf styling! Inspired by Gwyneth Paltrow’s professionally curated bookshelves, NBC News’ Nicole Spector tapped GP’s curator, Thatcher Wine of Juniper Books, and a team of experts, including Unpatterned, to share their tips and tricks for styling bookshelves and curating your own collection. Shout out to the author for acknowledging the obligatory eye roll before getting down to book business. Check out what Carly had to say and the full article here. Here’s a screen grab of our main tip included:

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You’ll have to head to the article to see what else was included and what the other experts had to say! Plus how dreamy is Thatcher’s job?? In the meantime, here are a few of my other tips and some favorite bookshelf-related projects.

Midcentury Gut Rehab

Midcentury Gut Rehab

My first rule is to edit. What books can be donated or put away? What looks worse for wear? You don’t need to display every book you own on your main set of bookshelves - what should be relinquished to the office, bedroom, basement?

If you have a decent sized collection and a fair amount of shelves, organize by color first, then size.

Master Suite Retreat

Master Suite Retreat

Remove the dust jackets from hardcover novels, business/self-help books and even coffee table books. (Anything rare or valuable, make sure to preserve them - that’s a different animal.) Often a simpler, less colorful and more streamlined book exists below the cover art. This can unify an unrelated collection, and it can also often elevate the look of a stack of books. Stack them vertically and horizontally.

Sentimentally Eclectic

Sentimentally Eclectic

The dust jacket removal can work for larger and coffee table books too!

New Build Northbrook

New Build Northbrook

For smaller surfaces, consider facing the pages forward/the spines backward. This is impractical for everyday use or an entire large collection, but if you have a stack of novels you can’t let go of and might not re-read immediately consider this trick. It automatically unifies the look of the books.

Textile, Lighting & Art Transformation

Textile, Lighting & Art Transformation

Mix in other objects in with the book collection to break it up - collected objects, various size ceramics, housewares, plants, etc. Wall-to-wall books aren’t needed!

If this sounds intimidating, hire a designer to style your shelves, whether with books, other collections, decorative objects or ideally a combo of all three, it’s a surefire way to get a curated look!

See more styled shelves here and here.