Fortunately, that was a good choice, because when we looked at the home office space in our new place - the brightness of the room reminded us of California so we decided to keep everything light, airy and all in a crisp white. This would allow the accessory details to pop off the shelves/room, such as the gold and white striped wrapping paper with the subtle silver lining I applied to the back of these basic white Ikea bookshelves using a spray adhesive. Such a simple touch elevates the look of them and makes everything in the foreground on the shelves pop out. I especially love the hint of glimmer it gives off during the day depending on how the sunlight hits it and at night it looks even more glamorous.
this sophisticated one), or fabric to the backs - then organize and style your books by either subject or color. As can be seen in this post, stand some books upright, and then stack some horizontally to break the utilitarian monotony. Finish your shelves by adding in favorite pieces of mementos, pottery, family photos, or collectibles to energize the shelves, creating an aesthetically pleasing visual movement.