Curtained Bookshelf

Chicago Home + Garden

We've seen it all when it comes to bookshelves, from color-coordinated organization to climb-in book towers. But a curtained bookshelf? While not as elaborate as some ideas, it's one I hadn't come across before . . .

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Designer Todd Haley installed the curtains to "play up the vertical" in his client's Lincoln Park home, which was overwhelmed with horizontal lines. It's an elegant solution and one that could work well for renters who want to cover up ugly built-ins. While Haley's design is muted, I could also see this idea incorporated into a colorful, maximalist house, with gorgeous patterned curtains opened to reveal art and coffee table books.

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Image: Alan Shortall/Chicago Home + Garden

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Kathleen is a freelance editor who lives in Chicago. She loves eclectic rooms, traveling with her family, and feeding anyone who steps foot in her house. She theoretically hates clutter, but can’t stop buying books and craft supplies.