For a more personal touch, try mixing photos, artwork, vases, and everything you’ve collected over the years into your book collection. It is a strategy that works well in traditional styles that tend to favor many decorative and visual elements in a space.
The more creative you are with the placement of works of art and books, the more visual interest you will have in your space. Do not feel obliged to line up your books on a shelf in the usual way. Place a photo between a row of books, place a crystal bowl on a stack of books, or place one between two large pieces.