This look started as a way to store my ever-expanding book collection, and became one of my favorite decorative elements. Lining books up behind the knick knacks gives the shelf more color, depth, and warmth.
I try to match the books to the objects in terms of colors and styles. As you can see for my pink candle and seashell, I stuck with the lighter and softer book covers. At Christmas time, I love to bring out all the holiday themed books, that I will never read again, but I can’t bear to part with, and line them up behind the snow globes.
If you are not blessed with as many books as I am, but would like to use the background idea, you can stand the books up facing out.