In these digital days, sadly fewer of us are buying books like we used to, but bookshelves needn’t just be for books, as these beautiful examples show.
Bookshelves are a fabulous way of adding a bit of personality, colour and detail to a wall in any room.
Packed full of favourite novels or thoughtfully placed trinkets, photos, plants and objet d’art, a carefully styled bookshelf is a chance for you to express your individuality and show off much loved possessions.
Whether built in or freestanding, colourful or neutral, a bookcase will add depth and detail to any environment.
Here are just a few lovely ways to style and make them an eye catching feature of any room:
Pack it full of books.
Obviously it’s traditional use, fill a bookcase with lots of books to add some depth, texture and intrigue to a room.
Whether you throw them all together however you please as the photo above shows, or take a more ordered, colour coded approach, to compliment the look and tone of the room.
We love the rainbow effect the ways the books have been positioned above, it’s so pretty look at and incredibly pleasing to the eye. Whilst the monochrome styling below is restrained.
Source: Opaque Promises
For a pop of colour, paint it.
If you want to add a bit more impact, or haven’t got lots of books to fill it with, paint the shelves or back panels in a colour of your choice. The use of black in the room below adds class and depth to the back wall.
Using different colours for each row adds some fun and contrast.
Source: A cup of Jo
Whilst the blue frame below makes it standout and become as much a feature as the books themselves.
Source: NY Times
Display decorative objects.
Whether you have sculptures you want to show off, or a selection of vases, if you haven’t got books, bring your shelves to life by displaying some of your favourite objects.
An alternative to hanging art.
Placing art and photos on shelves is a very easy, hassle way to show off a collection of work, requiring no hammer, nails or spirit levels.
A stylish storage solution.
Buy some lovely decorative boxes to store your papers in, they look so much more attractive than filing cabinets. If you want to soften the office look, interweave with books and decorative items, a vase with flowers or plant will add some texture and vibrancy,
Source: Better Homes & Gardens
For more great ideas, check out our Bookshelves board on Pinterest.
Main Image source: Houseandhome