If you are organizing a bookcase with only a few books, choose a color scheme that ties into the room and will also keep the bookcase looking clean and visually pleasing.
Layer the accessories to create depth to the overall appearance. In the example below, smaller accessories were placed in front of larger items, while other accessories were placed on top of a stack of books.
For this type of bookcase organization, stick to books that are more for "show," stay within the color scheme and then create small, neat stacks based on size.
The same rules apply for the image below. The bookcase is is slightly wider, but the accessories are used sparingly in order not to clutter the appearance. A neutral color palette was selected and accessories were layered to create dimension.
If you are organizing a bookcase with lots of books, some new rules will apply. In order to maximize space, organize most of the books vertically. However, in order to keep the bookcase visually interesting, incorporate a few stacks horizontally. Every now and then, break the row of books with a decorative accessory.
Group books by their type and height to maintain balance. If you need to access certain books frequently, ensure those are kept toward the bottom of the bookcase and are unblocked by any layered accessories.