Bookcase Composition in the Age of Zoom and Virtual Tours
- In tight shots, no matter if its a department meeting or the 2020 NFL Draft, details matter.
- In longer shots like listing photos its the contrasts of color, the shapes, and the empty space that make bookcases “read”.
And even if you’re *just* looking to lighten up and refresh your space, re-working your bookcases is an easy, rewarding, no cost AND fail-proof way to snazz up your space.
First, if your bookcases are full, and you want TRH to help you get a gazillion dollars for your about-to-be listed house, you need to edit down. In fact, if you’re even reading this post, chances are you need to edit down on something.
- Edit books first, one shelf at a time
- Tip any books that can go so the spine rests on the shelf.
- Then-still one shelf at a time, get the tipped-down books in a box, and out of the house.
3 components make up bookcase composition: Books, empty space, and stuff. TRH recommends keeping the ratios equal.
- Empty shelves, divide contents into books, or stuff.
- Start on upper farthest left shelf with 4-6 books. Place them mostly upright to (to define space), then work you way across the shelf, using the 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 formula.
- Mix up how and where you position books. They don’t all have to be vertical. A few laid horizontally against vertical ones become creative bookends.
- Small wall art (certificates or simply framed diplomas) place upright- on an easel, or just against back of the bookcase adds interest
- Choose the bigger, brighter, most disparate, and vertical ‘stuff’ elements when you can. Lots of small things, or collections create blur, not contrast or interest. A single Lladros stands out more than than a gaggle of Hummels or Star Wars figurines.
- Choose aspirational hardcover books: biographies, history, art, travel.
- Don’t overlook themes, or things that reinforce a propertys’ strong points
- Local school sports gear/memorabilia in kids’ bookcases beats stuffed animals handily
- If in-person walkthroughs are planned, be sure fragile, irreplaceable items are packed away, or at least out of kid-height. Parents get distracted and the kids won’t get your Star Wars figurines are collectibles, or that your painstakingly built replica schooner isn’t a toy.