Shelves: They Aren't Just for Books Anymore

February 11, 2016

Did you know that bookshelves were invented at the Bodleian Library in Oxford? Life before bookshelves? That had never occurred to me, but we humans evolve and now our shelves are much more than a functional way to store books. They aren’t just for books anymore.

Whether you’ve run out of room on your walls, or your shelves are cluttered and unsightly, we have the perfect solution to these dilemmas. ART! Is there anything that isn’t made better by adding art? I can’t think of a single one.

Your shelves should reflect your personal style, be aesthetically pleasing and have things that are special and sentimental. Are you minimalist or maximalist? Traditional or Modern? Cottage or Formal? Let the world know. The cliché about the eyes being the window to the soul? Well, so is your reading list, as well as your art.


Groupings of blown glass, sculpture, pottery or vases can give a room an organized, classic feel.

(photo by Kathryn Greeley)


Contrasting colors make an impact in this modern office.

(photo by Kathryn Greeley)

Here are a few things from Spectrum Gallery that would be a fabulous addition to your shelves.


"Beach View" by Jaqueline Perry

6x6 Acrylic on Canvas



"Orb with Eroded Driftwood" by Linda Dalton




"Double Loop Spinnaker" by David Goldhagen



"Rainbow Exposed" by Nancy Noel May

8"x6" Encaustic with Gold Leaf



"Side by Side" by Kim Maselli

10x10 Acrylic on Canvas 



"Opal Creek" Porcelain by Newman Ceramics



Blown Glass Vases by Lindsay Art Glass

Price Varies by Size

From $150-$285


"Winter Mockingbird" by Michael Van Hout



So, jazz up your shelves to make the statement to the world that says, "This is who I am!" And all it takes is a little creativity, mixed with your personal touch and a piece of art from Spectrum Gallery!

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