How to Choose the Right Rustic Bookcase for Your Country Home

A rustic home environment is cozy, warm, and inviting. In order to keep that rhythm consistent, it’s important to ensure all of your furniture and décor fall under that feeling.

It can be challenging when selecting a new wooden bookcase to find something that truly fits into the room and overall theme of the home, and during the process there are a few things to keep in mind.

It should be complementary.

Any new furniture you bring into your home should complement the existing furniture, wooden bookcases included. It doesn’t have to be an exact match or be a part of the same collection, but the style, material, and color should still fit into the greater scheme of things.

In a rustic home environment, mismatching of furniture is encouraged. While mismatching can take on a gaudy look, you should be safe as long as you ensure that the overall color of the piece of furniture fits in with the room, that the material (most likely wood) flows with the space, and that the style isn’t too modern.

Make it the focal point of the room.

Typically, if you’re bringing in a new piece of furniture, you want people to look at it. Why spend the money on a lovely, rustic bookcase if you’re just going to shove it in the back of a room somewhere? Let your wooden bookcase shine by decorating it in a unique way.

Wooden bookcases aren’t just for storing books though; it does do a great job at that. Try considering what else you can put on your bookcase to make it that much more rustic. Picture frames made out of exposed stone or weathered wood make great accent pieces, as well as small antique knick-knacks and photographs. This is your opportunity to let your creativity shine!

Put it in an unconventional place.

While most bookcases are often found in living rooms, home offices, and in bedrooms, that doesn’t mean that’s the only place they can go. Mismatching and having unique furniture in all areas of your home hones the rustic feel home, and gives you the freedom to put your furniture wherever you’d like, and more importantly, wherever you need it.

Try putting a wooden bookcase in your kitchen for extra storage and decoration. You can display copper pots and cast-iron pans alongside the rustic wood patina to create a down-home, country feel. If you don’t have room in your kitchen, try adding a smaller rustic bookcase into your bathroom. Towels and toiletries can be stored on the shelves, as well as handmade soaps and lotions and any themed decorations.

Always, always measure.

This tip holds true for any style wooden bookcase or piece of furniture you wish to bring into your home. Always be sure to measure your available space so you know exactly how large or small your new piece needs to be.

There is nothing more frustrating than bringing home a beautifully constructed wooden bookcase only to find it can’t fit into the space you need it, or perhaps that the space is too large and you could have gotten a larger bookcase or another piece of accent furniture.

If you need a new rustic bookshelf for your home that you can enjoy for years to come, visit the Stuart David Home Furnishings factory showroom in Ceres, just south of Modesto. We serve the central valley and east bay areas, including Sacramento, Pleasanton, Livermore, Stockton, Antioch, Walnut Creek, Vacaville, Yuba City, Tracy, Merced, Turlock, Manteca, San Ramon, Lodi, Brentwood, Dublin, Los Banos, Danville, and throughout the United States.

Kristina Bell

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