I live in a small space, so I can’t store a whole new collection of home decor for every season; I imagine many people are in the same boat. However there is one area of my home that I’m able to refresh with every season – or every mood – and that’s my book ledge wall. This affordable addition has proven to be the easiest way to change the mood of my room within just a few minutes. I simply remove everything, give them a quick wipe to remove any dust, and I have a fresh clean slate to work with. The beauty of the ledge is that it can be constantly evolving as your taste does. Whether I’m feeling bold and abstract or neutral and natural, I can curate a new look without drilling any new holes in my wall. Here are a few of my favorite ways to style them.
Display your books here instead of stacked on your coffee table where they don’t get enough love. Bookstores and libraries have always been a design inspiration for me, and displaying striking covers on a book ledge brings you one step closer. Chances are you already have a variety of shapes, sizes and genres that could work well for any color palette.
Album artwork is all part of the allure of vinyl! Give it a proper platform by leaning them on your ledge. They’re also thin enough that you can layer something else in front of them for more depth. Compared to original or framed artwork, records are (especially secondhand) are a really accessible way to start your art collection. I have the Charles Mingus record above and can vouch that it’s not just a pretty picture, the music is excellent too.
If your family photos or travel photos are tucked away in a drawer, frame a couple of them and put them on your ledge. I’ve seen beautiful ledges that are entirely black and white family photos, which I’d love to try one day.
Remember you have a very small ledge to work with, but any small items you have around the house will instantly be elevated when grouped with your artwork on a book ledge. I’ve put pretty bottles, postcards, crystals, and pieces of wood on my own ledge. Feel free to experiment, and when you get tired of it, move on to the next one!
Framing artwork can cost nearly as much as the art itself, but with a ledge you can simply prop your art up and call it a day.
Unframed art or photos
If you’re into the look of washi tape, you can take inspiration from the photo above and tape your unframed art to the wall above your ledge. I also like to use little wooden photo stands like this to prop up photos, which I switch out all the time. If you live in Austin, my favorites are the house-shaped wooden blocks at Take Heart.
Inspiration photo by The Loft, black bud vases by Work by Nonny at Esby Apparel, poster by Stilleben Print Collection, Marvin print by Sonic Editions at TRNK, painting by Caroline Walls, record Charles Mingus Ah Um, book The Chamber of Curiosity