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Wednesday 26 October 2016

Interiors... Book smarts

Emily Westbrooks

Published 19/07/2015 | 02:30

Bookcase by Houseology
Bookcase by Houseology
The Recipe Wheel
Claire Molloy pottery vase
Sytlish bookcase
Storage boxes, €2, Tiger
Tesco direct bookshelf

Throw the book at cluttered shelves, writes our interiors expert.

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Bookcases are a great secret weapon. Anything that offers an option for storage while potentially looking beautiful is ideal for homes, especially when space is at a premium. But for most of us, bookcases become an easy dumping ground for miscellaneous junk. You'd be surprised how simple it can be to turn that junk pile into an organised and beautiful centrepiece. Pretty storage solutions mean your bookcase can stay functional while still being beautiful; organising books by size and colour helps cut down on visual clutter, and adding artwork and collections helps your personality shine through.


It's all about the base

Start by taking everything off and sorting into piles with books in one area and decorative pieces in another. This way you'll easily see what needs to be organised into gorgeous storage boxes and what you already have that can be set on a prominent shelf. Once you have a clean slate, it's all about layering across the shelves.

Be a book worm

No need to head to the bookstore looking for the most beautiful covers. You likely have more than you think! But you can hide certain coloured covers by flipping the books around to show the page edges. Once you've assembled your books, sort them by size and stack them in sets of 8-10 books, both vertically and horizontally. Mixing up the way they sit will make the bookcase look beautifully styled.

Buy it: The Recipe Wheel, €27 from Designist, Dublin

Sightly storage

Stock up on beautiful boxes and crates to hide away charging cords or important paperwork. Tiger Stores often have a range of options that change often and come with covers so you can keep that tangle of cords out of sight. Keeping storage boxes on the bottom shelves keeps your bookcase from looking too top heavy.

Buy it: Multicoloured storage boxes, €2 each from Tiger Stores, nationwide

Style it up

Finally, it's time to style your bookcase with trinkets, artwork, collections and a few natural objects. Prop artwork against the back walls, setting a candle or bookend in front to ensure it doesn't slide forward. This is a great opportunity to display items you've collected from your travels or out on beach walks.

Buy it: Pottery vase from Claire Molloy, €100,

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