Just about everyone has a need for a bookcase for storing reading material and other personal objects.  Bookcases come in all shapes and sizes, from built-ins to free standing, but there’s no need for them to be boring or basic.  Here are ten simple ideas for adding a dose of style to your own bookcases at home. 

Paint the Back.   The easiest way to make your bookcases stand out is to paint the backs with a bold color.  Not only does it make your accessories pop, it’s a great way to add an accent color to your home office or library. 


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PaperBack.  Wallpaper isn’t just for walls, it can easily be adhered to the back of your bookshelves too.  Peeking out from behind your accessories, wallpaper is sure to add a fun, whimsical, or sophisticated pattern to your space. 


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Trim It Out.  Wallpaper always looks fabulous at the back of a bookcase, but who says you need to stop there?  Adding a layer or two of decorative ribbon along the shelves is one more way to add interest to your storage solution. 


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