While the adage of don’t judge a book by its cover should be adhered to, this rule does not automatically apply to the very place books call their home. Of course, I am referring to bookshelves and in fact, I say you should judge a person by her bookshelves. So choose them wisely.
Bookshelves come in all sorts of styles and varieties. There are standard bookshelves and cube units; with drawers and without; and although most of them are made of wood, it is quite easy to fall in love with a metal or glass bookshelf.
Therefore, if you are looking to upgrade your bookshelf—or still have your book collection lying around in used cardboard moving boxes—now is the time to visit BEYOND Stores and peruse through our bookshelf collection. And what I really like about bookshelves is that it is no longer about two vertical pieces of wood conjoined by four or five horizontal shelves. On the contrary, bookshelves themselves are a game changer and genuine conversation piece. Moreover, when it comes to interior design, it is just as important to make sure you have breathing room on your bookshelf as well as The New York Times’ bestsellers.
One of my favorite bookshelves that afford plenty of space for books and other collectables is Modloft’s Pearl Bookcase. A key advantage of this backless bookcase is that it allows for you to place it either adjacent to a wall or in the middle of a room as a divider. The combination of stainless steel supports and wood, infuse this über modern bookshelf with flow and flair.
If you feel like you need to make a statement, then how could you not explore the Dory Bookshelf/Table With Glass by Authentic Models. Shaped like the row boat straight out of “The Old Man and the Sea” by Ernest Hemingway, this eye catching bookshelf is perfect as an accent piece or for a bedroom. In addition it could also be flipped over and be used as a coffee table—but that’s a discussion for another day. However, what is challenging about this bookshelf is decking it out with the exact combination of books and stuff.
The truth of the matter is that this is precisely the main challenge with all bookshelves – how to fill up the bookshelf with the right ratio of books and empty space. A jam packed bookcase is uninviting, while on the other hand, a sparse bookshelf can look bare. My general rule of thumb is that you can load up a traditional bookshelf, such as the Pompei Bookcase at BEYOND Stores more easily than you can with a modern bookshelf; however, this is not a mathematical equation but rather an art. Therefore, I encourage you to make time to reconfigure your bookcases from time to time.
About the Author: Allison Cooper is an editor and writer for Beyond Stores. In addition to her official capacities here at Beyond Stores, Allison blogs across the web on crafts, gourmet recipes, and the latest in interior design. When not hard at work, Allison enjoys pondering her own decorating projects, knitting, and raising her two sons, Marcus and Noah.