Not all bookshelves are created equal. Some are short, some are tall, some are cluttered, some are sprawled. At MyDomaine, we strongly believe that your home—and as an extension, your bookshelf—should reflect you as an individual, not just a perfectly styled magazine tear sheet. Do you collect more serve-ware than you know what to do with? Do you secretly wish you owned a cool art gallery in Chelsea? Are you a closeted Martha Stewart in the making? We have the perfect shelfie style for you.
You love collecting objects from your travels and trips to the flea market. You cannot visit a home décor shop without leaving with a small bauble or two, but you find it incredibly hard to make decisions on larger furniture. Let your collection of objects be your guide: Empty your cupboards and style a bookshelf with your favorite collected objects. Throw a few stacks of books in the mix, and finish it off with your favorite statement artwork (that didn't quite mesh with your gallery wall) hung in the center of it all.
Monochrome is not for you. In fact, you're energized when you see bold spaces and bright colors. Your personality is slightly obsessive, but your creative side takes over to create what you've perfected as "organized chaos." Rule number one: Color code your numerous books to create a beautiful rainbow in your bookcase. Accent the space with other ombré accessories, and break up the books with a few collected objects.
You would rather spend an afternoon gallery-hopping than at home reading a book. In fact, you're too visual to sit still, staring at black words on a white page for too long. What you need is an art gallery on a shelf. Use narrow shelves to create a gallery wall effect above eye level, and wider shelves below to store books, boxes, and other essentials. The result: storage solution meets art gallery.
You love textures and shapes, but reading is not your forté. You're a little too hyperactive to sit down with a book—afternoons are instead spent reorganizing, upgrading the house, and running errands. We've got the perfect weekend project for you: Empty your favorite bookcase and arrange it into a perfectly styled vignette. Use a variety of trays, vases, baskets, and objects to create moments that catch the eye.
Courtesy of Homepolish, design by Annouchka Engel
You're an avid reader. You couldn't care less about how your books look on a shelf; you just want them there to pick up and devour. In fact, you'd rather come up with an organizational system that makes finding books easily—no matter how it looks. Instead of spending hours styling your shelves, set the scene for your perfect reading room: a comfortable chair, a side table, a good lamp, and, in an ideal world, a fireplace.