Book Cases

Written by Christa Gatewood
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Over the years, everyone accumulates knick-knacks, awards and other accessories that should be displayed. Bookcases are the perfect place for such things. Bookcases are no longer only for books. Mixing books and other decorative accessories in a bookcase is a great way to clear up clutter and showcase special items.

The bookcase itself should also be a decorative piece in the room. There are three main kinds of bookcases. First, there are the stand-alone wooden bookcases that are great in small rooms and for small collections of books and accessories. Second, there are built-in bookshelves that save valuable floor space while creating a room's focal point. Third, there are the bookcases that attach to other pieces of furniture such as an armoire to create one large multi-functional piece of furniture.

Choosing a Bookcase for a Room

When choosing a bookcase, several questions should come to mind. What is the overall style of the room? What are the colors in the room? How much space is available? And, what will be displayed in the bookcase? For traditional designs, a bookcase in a natural wood might be most appropriate. But, for a contemporary design, a bookcase that is painted or stained may fit better.

If there is a large wall available, a larger multi-functional may work well. However, if there is a large collection of books and accessories, a wall of built-ins with adjustable shelves might be the best option. Because there are so many options available, bookcases can be incorporated into almost any design.


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