Read All About It: 10 Super Savvy Ways to Style Your Bookshelf
Although the rise of e-books have saved many a-reader from hoarding their favorite texts, countless old-school bookworms are still stuck with the daunting task of storing them. That’s why a well-staged bookshelf can really be a game changer when you’re designing your home. Not only do they offer organizational direction—see also: color blocking, gallery style, backwards, etc.—the end result in its entirety is often greater than the sum of its parts (figuratively speaking, of course). So whether you’re an avid reader or just stuck with a slew from college, scroll ahead for some stylish ways to turn your personal library into an interior work of art.
Simply turn the spine of your book around for a neutral—but streamlined—display. It might make finding your favorite texts a tad bit harder, but it makes organizing (and showing them off) unexpectedly chic and easy!
Who says you can’t judge a book by its cover? Not only do gallery walls look incredible, they also save you tons of much-needed storage space. Hang floor-to-ceiling floating shelves across the length of your wall and you’ll create the illusion of extra height while forging a sophisticated way to showcase your books and their covers. (via Made by Girl)
We’ve all heard of a walk-in closet, but what about a walk-in library? Let your wardrobe double as a home library by filling unused closet space with some well-placed publications—don’t forget a fun light fixture—and you’ll look simultaneously smart and design-savvy to all who see. (via The New York Times)
Okay, we know this one is controversial, but we’re going to go out on a limb and say we love the idea of displaying books in an artful way, i.e. by color. Coordinate your book collection by spine color and you’ll create a colorful masterpiece that’s sure to brighten any room—no hammer and nails necessary.
Seems that owning a solid ladder can offer more than just help changing a light bulb. Strong steps easily double as staggered shelves, excellent for stacking heavy hardcovers and fragile paperbacks, alike. Want a similar style but lacking the ceiling height? Stepladders are equally efficient and also make awesome nightstands!
Wine Rack Style
Few things look better against a bare wall than a floating shelf display. You can use anything from freestanding shelves to industrial pipe rods to achieve an equally ethereal effect for your own book while simultaneously creating loads of extra storage space.
Looking for a cosmopolitan way to arrange your books that doesn’t require any unanticipated storage room? Mountable magazine racks work wonders in a small space and allow you show off your treasured hardbacks like a pro.