While there are many directions you can go with decorating your bookshelves, striking the right balance between form and function can be tricky. A bookshelf's main purpose is to give you a place to stash your books, but if you're not careful with how they're arranged, the whole room can end up looking messy.
We aren't suggesting a super high-maintenance approach to organizing your books — just a more creative one. Whether you're hoping to let your collection of novels and memoirs shine, or to use the space to showcase a piece of art, here are 6 stylish ideas to get you started.
Before you get to work on how to style your books, consider the placement of your bookshelves themselves. Setting two identical shelves next to each other will help mimic the look of built-ins, and give you more space to arrange your favorite accessories.
Bookshelves are a lot more versatile than they get credit for, and they work just as well as storage for glasses, flowers or barware as they do for books. Want the best of both worlds? Reserve at least one shelf for beautiful coffee table books, and use the rest of the shelf to hold similarly appealing items.
Most bookshelves you come across is organized with spines facing out, but turning every book around so the pages face forward is a creative and unexpected way to achieve a monochromatic look in your library.
Yes, this approach to organizing books has been around for quite a while, but there's no denying the visual impact a perfect rainbow can make. And, while the style can be polarizing, it can also actually be — plenty of people can remember the color of a book's cover, but not its name or author.
There's no need to fill every square inch of your bookshelves. In fact, keeping them sparse and highlighting just a few beloved pieces can be surprisingly stylish. Just make sure to keep the empty spaces free of clutter — no mail, receipts, or magazines here.
Setting a few picture frames on an open shelf is expected, but actually hanging large-scale art on the exterior of the bookshelves is not. And if you keep the colors of the art work consistent with the colors of your books, the effect is undeniably statement-making.