Book-lovers (and everyone else) can now fill their home with decor to reflect their literary tastes. Take a page from these clever ideas.
Books aren't just for shelves. Convert a coffee table into a library and keep favorite books close at hand. Look for a tiered coffee table. Stack books horizontally, and create separate and distinct stacks. The overall look is clean, classic, and uncluttered. Place the books used most often on the top for easy access.
Maintain order by placing several books in a tray. To make the tray more of a focal point, add in a taller element like a vase with a simple flower arrangement. Keeping books in a tray makes clearing the table a breeze. When seasons change, swap out the normal tray for a more festive version and create a completely different look.
Turn an old dresser into a combination bookshelf and entertainment center. Remove all the drawers but the top ones, and stack books horizontally inside the openings. Use the remaining drawers for all your tech gear so it stays organized and hidden. Add a few small decorative objects to the top of the dresser for extra polish.
Make the contents of your bookcases look consistent and organized. Find books with covers from the same color family. Don’t be afraid to use wrapping paper or plain colored paper to cover the books yourself if the covers do not match. Whether books are stacked horizontally or vertically, as long as they are color coordinated, they will never look out of place.
To break up the monotony of a large bookcase, hang a mirror directly on the shelves. Here, a circular mirror works well since the bookcase is made of small squares. Place rarely read books or decorative objects in the cubbies partially covered by the frame, so you can still easily access books you frequently read.
For a clean look, start with similar arrangements. Here, the top and bottom shelves both start with a stack of vertically positioned books, then the middle shelves sport horizontal stacks. Place stacks on the opposite sides of the shelves and fill in with accessories. Add wallpaper to the back of the bookcase to make the space feel even more personalized.
Leave space on bookshelves so there is room to incorporate other mementos besides books. Photos, clocks, and other curiosities make this bookcase feel more personal and show the homeowner’s own personal style. If there aren’t enough books to fill the entire bookcase, disperse them randomly throughout a large bookcase, and add your own personal mementos.
To construct a bookcase that looks thought-out and put together, group books that are relatively the same height. For a bookcase bonus, update the back with paint. With a little background color, objects inside will pop and be noticed. If the contents of your bookcase are a lighter color, opt for a darker paint color and vice versa.