The Force Awakens inspired bookshelf....design help
So I am a huge Star Wars fan. I have a ton of the Star Wars novels and need more shelf space. I want to build a bookshelf inspired by the new movie. I have only built probably 10-12 pieces over the past 2 years or so. I'm still quite in the learning stages. I'm looking for some pointers on how to go about this. Being a SW fan could help with the ideas side of it but I do still need some practical help.
My first idea is to build a fairly common bookshelf but have inlays on the two outside panels. I was thinking maybe Kylo Ren's cross shaped lightsaber. I have never done an inlay before but I've been wanting to try. I'm curious is how to go about getting the shelf to be the tones I want. Obviously, stain will take on both the main wood species and the inlays. However, I was thinking a medium finish overall with a black inlay for the hilt and preferable something with a red tone for the "blade" portion. I'm sure the black and reddish tones can be done with the wood species natural color but I don't know how the stain will effect it. And I don't think I would be able to pre stain the panel and then put the inlay in. With sanding and any imperfection, I would probably need to fix it up and it would need stain again.
With that being said, I would like the design to be more inspired so it doesn't simply look like a took a regular bookcase design and slapped inlays on it to turn it into SW inspired.
I've taken all of my previous builds from fairly common designs to build my skills. For something like this, how do you guys go about coming up with the initials designs? Maybe I should pick up the visual dictionary for the movie and look through the design elements used when making the movie.
And last but not least, I do have to keep my skill level in mind.