You're Trying to Fill Space
Your shelves are one area where orderliness should be tempered with aesthetic appeal, but it can be all too easy for these spaces to become crowded and cluttered. One of the most visually soothing things you can do is incorporate a little empty space. "Try leaving a couple spots open to showcase a great vase, mirror or another pretty element," Larson says. Sculptural objects can break up a rigid row of books, as can a few titles stacked horizontally instead of vertically.