How do you give bookshelves that designer look?
You can’t go wrong with traditional bookends, but think outside the box, too: ceramic vases and bowls will keep books standing upright. You can add weight by filling them with small river rocks.
Leave about a quarter of each shelf bookless to provide visual breathing room. Line most of your books up vertically, interspersed with a few well-chosen objects, like a crystal reading lamp.
Make displays multidimensional by layering. Experiment: lean frames against one another, place smaller pieces in front of larger ones, and cluster similar objects together. Take a step back to get an overall view: you want it to look chic, not cluttered.
Courtesy: Ladies Home Journal