Whether grand or small, full or empty, bursting with books or outfitted with objects, I'd wager that all of us have bookshelves of some sort in our home. Having a dedicated library room is not a luxury that all of us can have, but no matter how small your library, there are still some tips for making it as beautifully organized as possible.
- Keeping carefully grouped books visible, the hidden storage in Suzanne's Color in Harmony Room makes the shelves multifunctional. Also, magazine holders that match the bookshelf give a visual illusion of more open space, which help shelves feel less cluttered.
- A wall of IKEA shelves in Irina's Modern Xanadu serve as a focal point for her living room. The television hides among rows of books, and shelves at uniform heights give the unit a streamlined look.
- Alidad is the master of opulent, inspiring libraries, and his London home (featured in Elle Decor) reminds you that a great library is about more than just books. A bold and colorful palette, patterned pillows, and artwork mimic the myriad colors of the book spines.
- This Mini Library Office from Apartment Therapy's Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces uses built-in shelves with thick wooden bands to create an image of order. Books are handy but out of the way, and the shelves take the visual front-row instead of the books, which seem to be grouped efficiently according to use.
- The Good Books Shelf by Jason Neufeld gives oversized books their own cubbies, making them easily accessible.
- The books and media in Saana & Ollie's Tiny Turku Nest are roughly color-coded, but their organization is not too precious. The colors work nicely with the predominantly white furnishings, and this library shows that being organized doesn't always mean being perfectly tidy.
- Kathyryn & Anthony's Eclectic Australian Home proves that having a home library doesn't necessarily mean having a designated room or lots of books. A compact, but cozy area can serve just as well. And the horizontal stacks of also show that you don't need a lot of extra organizational materials to make your books look neat.
- If you've got more books than you know what to do with, then just go for it, and put in floor-to-ceiling shelves like Making It Lovely. Shelves don't always need to be perfectly styled to be beautiful. Let them be functional, and they will be at their organizational utmost!
- Lessons with Laughter shared her classroom library organization tips, but there are plenty of helpful lessons here, either for kids' libraries or for adult libraries. Baskets hold books from a single series or author, while on another shelf, colored labels on the spine help with quick sorting.
- In Max & Peter's Squeaky-Clean Quarters, a child's bookcase is both functional and beautiful. Books are grouped by size, which makes them easy to find, and a few interesting covers face outward, drawing the eye in. Toys are in attractive bins, easily within reach.