Objects of varied materials and patina, plus groupings of staggered heights, lend depth to this dining room shelf. The blue background sets off the arrangement with just enough color to attract the eye, yet not so much that it overwhelms the collection.
Instead of a fancy piece of art, enlarge a photo you've taken outside or in a favorite spot and frame it, says Leigh Spicher, Ashton Woods' national director of design studios. You can add color to the mantle, like in this Dallas home, without using accessories. Also, arrange shells or other natural elements that you saved because of their beauty (and free price tag) in a frame or shadowbox, as another layer of art for your mantel.
An arch shape instantly ups the style of this doorway as it transitions the house from one room to another. A built in bookshelf compliments the tone of the wood floor and creates a space for useful and attractive storage.
Mascarpone by Benjamin Moore is the perfect creamy white backdrop for the collection of vintage plates used in this little girl's bedroom. Designer Tip: Make a whole wall of art by using pictures, plates or anything else you collect to make a beautiful collage.
Open vertical panels create a subtle room division as well as display space in this bright, coastal room. A dark wood table adds beautiful contrast to the white walls and neutral carpet. Coastal decorations give the room personality and bits of color.
For an unexpected and free update, simply flip around your books to show the pages instead of the spine. Then Gabriela Eisenhart and Holly Conlan with WAKE + LOOM Design accessorized with vintage and new vases and baskets in muted colors and white, which gave the built-in bookcase a minimal, modern feel, Eisenhart says.
Touches of pink dot the decor on this shelf, decorated by GordonDunning, a Decatur, Ga.-based interior design firm. By mixing the metals of the lamp, shelf and vintage bowl, the designers created a collected look that is tempered by the unifying neutrals and pinks.
A gorgeous brown desk with white details is the focal point of this stylish home office. A large blue bookshelf adds soft color and creates space for a decorative display. A blue armchair contributes more color while a brown leather chair blends behind the desk.
Even in traditional built-in bookshelves, you can add in a vintage elements on a budget. Atlanta designer Devon Garner filled in the gaps with album covers, which you might be able to find in your attic or at a flea market.
Each shelf on this bookshelf is organized with collections of books in matching color. Contemporary trinkets act as stylish bookends. The decorations bring additional color and personality to the beautiful display.
Create your own special shadowbox with cool-looking maps or maps of favorite places, or any other motifs that give you a warm fuzzy feeling. Give stacked books that you already own a cohesive look by simply having the spines face the back of the bookshelf, as Jen Woodhouse of The House of Wood did in decorating her recycled wood and crate bookshelf.