Bookcases and wall units normally look best with a couple of shelves removed. That is, unless you want shelving for displaying books only. Built in cabinets can look great with a few large accessories. In the Greensboro NC homeowner’s room below, the opposite wall (not shown) housed all their favorite books, that left these wall units for displaying accessories.
We were able to accentuate their favorite family photos and art by removing some shelves, and omitting the small accessories which the clients did not love.
To determine how many shelves you should have, consider the following three:
The below shelf is on the left side of the room, the right bookshelf is not shown. We removed the same number of shelves on the left and right, to create symmetry.
2) Favorite items
The client’s favorite photo in the “before” was only 3″ x 5″. We had it enlarged to 8″ x 10″ and added a beautiful frame. By removing small items, you now notice the client’s favorite collectibles.
We’re all in the same boat, we all need to edit. It’s helpful to enlist the help of a designer, a home organizer, or a friend. That way you have a scheduled time slot set aside. Speaking of which … hopefully I’ll get to my own shelves this year. What’s that saying? The shoe cobbler never has shoes!
3) Room Size
The larger the room, the larger your accessories should be, so that size and scale will be “in proportion”. Clients tell us they love our accessories because they’re large, unique, and reasonably priced. Interior designers have access to showrooms that are not open to the public. Some designers even stock pieces, so you’re not ordering from photographs!
To determine how many shelves you want in your room, the above three questions can be helpful.
A bookcase is like a closet, it’s best to keep the things you love, and pass on those things you are not sentimental about.
It’s not easy to find time to organize accessories and favorite collectibles, but it’s sure worth it once you do so!