You can fill bookshelves with more than just books! Old family photos, artwork, baskets and even some sculptural pieces like this gold orb from HomeGoods help add personality and interest to these shelves. (Sponsored pin)
First things first: clear the clutter, getting rid of any items that aren't beautiful enough to put on display. (Yes, even those "classics" from college.) Then, stick to an even mix of the six items Dolley Frearson of High Fashion Home laid out for us here. These, she says, are the things every well-styled bookcase has in common.