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16 Bookshelf Ideas for a Stylish Home Library

Book yourself a trip to decoration heaven! Here are our best bookshelf decor ideas to bring out the best of your tomes.

1. Rustic Charm


Forget the latest trends in whatever home magazine you subscribe to; dive deep into the world of vintage! In a bookshelf, rustic vintage decorative objects bring stories to rival the books themselves.

2. Signs and Figurines

If your shelves are feeling overlooked, call attention to them with bold sculptures, figurines and signage.

3. Treasure Trove

This bookcase/desk is a trove of books, fresh plants and conversation pieces.

4. Curvature


Sometimes, the statement décor isn’t about what’s in the bookshelf – but rather the bookshelf itself, like this curved statement shelf display.

5. Sharp Reader


Sharpen up your reading skills with little green thorny objects – and a matching green bookcase to boot.

6. Minimalism

If you want to let the books speak for themselves, keep the decorations to a minimum.

7. Bookcase Pyramid


If your reading style is eclectic, let your décor match. Opt for unusual shapes – like this triangular bookcase!

8. Traditional Decor

Travel souvenirs, close-up photography, stunning bookends alongside groupings of classic volumes. For the sophisticated reader, it doesn’t get any better.

9. Mid-Century Musings

Take inspiration from the 1950’s: turn a low console into a bookcase and infuse it with as many live plants as possible!

10. Peek-a-Book


Got a tall vase or sculpture in need of a little showing off? Look for a bookcase with adjustable shelves – or forgo the bookcase altogether and opt for a room divider to give you more room for more decor.

11. Books Lined Up


Here’s a trade secret: punctuate your bookshelves with decorative boxes; they’ll serve as focal points – and extra storage for the ‘odds-and-ends’ clutter you might need to hide!

12. Book Aesthetic


If you’re stuck with old, worn book bindings, cover them with pretty fabric for statement, one-of-a-kind bookshelf style. (To get the look: pick out your favorite colorful, patterned piece of fabric, and line it around the outside of a book cover; bind the fabric to the inside of the book’s cover using double-sided adhesive or hot glue.)

13. Top Shelf Decor


Use an airy hutch as a bookshelf in a dining room. Use it as dish storage, book storage, or both!

14. Bicycle Bookends


When it really comes down to it, books bring out our inner child. (What’s more ‘youthful’ than delving into a good story?) Whether you’re 4 or 104, these whimsical bookends are the perfect companion for a book collection.

15. Etagere


There’s something so satisfying about a cube etagere. Perhaps it’s the way it invites compartmentalization, allowing the decorator to organize in sections – by color, author or whatever pleases her. Whatever it is, it makes for stunning bookshelf décor!

16. For the Librarian

Books, books and more books. Oh, and books! For some, a bookshelf overflowing with nothing but books is the most beautiful sight of all!
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