Day 13 of 31 Days of Tabletop Decorating – How to Decorate a Bookcase

We have a classic living room. Hickory hardwood floors, ceiling fan, built-in cabinets and bookcases with a gas fireplace and gas logs. The room is open concept and I’m in the process of updating it. We found a sofa and two chairs that I love at a local consignment shop that is a bit modern, so it was time to update the bookcases. My inspiration was the “Umbrella Man” over our fireplace.

umbrella man

I cleaned off my shelves, dusted everything and began with a clean canvas.

an empty bookcase

We have a bookcase on both sides of the fireplace, so I started with both empty.

bookcase with pelican

The Mama Pelican is a recent purchase, but she is moving to the mancave.

gold and black
I added black and gold to the middle shelf. The antique corkscrews were a gift from a very dear friend. As you can see, I always accessorize in odd numbers. Each “grouping” counts as one, so I have a mirror, flower and frame, and book group.

moss ball

I added touches of purple to both sides.

left bookcase

The box is a recent project .

parrot

The parrot was an accessory in my daughter’s room when she was about eight.

artichokes

A box of artichokes.

purple box with black stripes

With the “Umbrella Man” as my inspiration, I think it all turned out very colorful. I like neutral colors in furnishings so that my art and accessories will pop.

bookcase-collage

Thanks so much for visiting. Pin this for later when you want lots of color in your bookcase.

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