I also want to thank everyone for their comments and advice on my bookshelves. I have decluttered and rearranged, and decided - finally, to go ahead and paint them! Karen of Empty Nest Remix suggested to arrange the books in color rather than size - this looks a lot better and until I get around to painting them I can now walk past and feel good about the area. And for those who said rip up the carpet, I would love to, but its freezing in winter in the top end of the house, so we could never do it at this time of year. And we also dont have the funds to have the jarrah done at the moment, so for now it stays. I really appreciate the tips, and suggestions and will post the painted result in the next few weeks. Here is the 'simplified and decluttered' look for now...Before
Quite dark I know, but the lighting will be addressed and the white bookshelves will lighten it also I hope.
Have a lovely weekend!