First: Empty your bookshelves
Start by pulling everything off the shelves, then sort books by subject, size, or color, suggests Loi Thai, who owns the Bethesda, Maryland antiques shop Tone on Tone and shared his ideas in the Washington Post. Weed out shabby-looking paperbacks and anything that reads Chemistry 101 on the spine. Ditch all gewgaws that aren’t worthy of display and scour the house for nicer knickknacks: trays, vases, wooden boxes, and the like. These decorating mistakes could make your house look messy.
Create a backdrop
Consider painting or adding wallpaper to the backs of shelves to add depth as well as a pop of color. For the most impact, go with a shade that’s darker than shelves themselves. Try these wallpaper crafts with any leftover supplies.