In the Showroom with Greg – Bookcase Basics

Greg Laciak is Greentea Design’s lead designer.  When Greg’s not helping clients plan their dream kitchen he’s often in the showroom giving it that quintessential Greentea vibe.  With an unmatched eye for what’s beautiful and how it all fits together, The Design Tree is delighted to have Greg as a guest contributor.  This month is Steps and Storage Month at Greentea and Greg demonstrates how to prop your bookcases so that all your treasures get the spotlight they deserve!

A lot of us are guilty of just cramming things into bookcases, not realizing that we are wasting serious design potential. Shelves are hefty pieces that draw the eye and can provide that punch of wow-factor to your room. Each partition is a frame within a larger space; and these blank spaces are inviting you to fill them with your treasures to create something extraordinary. Using shelving in this way is an excellent way to display your collections. Do it right, and you’ve got your own unique, personal wall art  - your curated life, created and informed by your travels, interests and experiences.

Here are some tips on how to properly prop your shelves:

Use books to add weight and pattern to shelves. Choose from your favorite tomes, those that have interesting looks that would look cohesive together.  Display your design books together, or those antiquarian encyclopaedias you inherited.


Next add your most cherished collected items. Position the bigger pieces first. This helps you ensure that the entire shelf remains balanced as you go along.


Go for a mix of materials and shapes. Let the pieces play off each other — square with round, light with dark, smooth with rough.

Add smaller items last and keep your collections together. This adds quirky contrasts with your bigger pieces and brings delicate elements in.

Pour a glass of wine, relax and enjoy your stunning shelves. Relish the fact that they are totally you!

2 Responses to In the Showroom with Greg – Bookcase Basics

  1. Julie K. says:

    Honestly, I this is just a show off design, I would like to see one for real literature lovers, who actually need space for their book on the shelves.

  2. Greg Laciak says:

    Thanks for your comment. We have had a lot of questions lately about displaying “collections” so we went that direction with this post. However, as literature lovers ourselves, we have many such displays in our showroom and will be featuring some soon.

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