Bookcases are always beautiful, because they're full of books. But this post is devoted to bookshelves that are especially beautiful, and the shelves that are so pretty and unique that they almost steal the show from the volumes themselves. Here are nine gorgeous built-in bookcases to inspire your next renovation — or just inspire a little dreaming.
Instead of being perpendicular to the wall, the uprights of this bookshelf by Hare + Klein as positioned at a slight angle, creating an intriguing peekaboo effect with the books: now you see them, now you don't.
Raw plywood gives these bookcases from Yellowtrace a warm, honest look. The unfinished edges are an unexpected modern detail, and the built-in window seat/desk is a clever addition.