Rooms That Get It Right: For Laid-Back, Laissez-Faire Book Lovers Only

published Jul 1, 2016
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(Image credit: Bethany Nauert)

The perfectly-coiffed home library look isn’t for everybody. But capturing that “I just threw this here” look is harder than it seems. So for those of us who prefer our book storage to be a little less librarian and a lot more bohemian, here are seven rooms that get it right.

(Image credit: Bethany Nauert)

A few piles tucked near the end of a desk, with a disco ball centerpiece to make it look more deliberate.


(Image credit: Esteban Cortez)

Here, a spine shelf offers the backbone to what looks like just a tall stack of books.


(Image credit: Kim Lucian)

These books are just stacked neatly on the floor, with low-hung art on the walls (and a few perched onto the stacks).


(Image credit: Ellie Arciaga Lillstrom)

Here, a multi-tasking shelf where toy storage and book storage meet.


(Image credit: Melanie Grizzel)

Picture rails make for a unique shelf where books can put their best face forward.


(Image credit: Tamara Gavin)
(Image credit: Tamara Gavin)

You can stack books under furniture as well. Chairs, consoles and entryway tables included.


(Image credit: Kristan Lieb)

This “bookshelf” gets it all right: Stacks of books, a collection of objects and cascading plants, all gathered together on slats propped inside a ladder.