Stylish Ways to Display Your Book Collection

Stylish Ways to Display Your Book Collection

Bethany Nauert
Nov 5, 2010

Obtaining a collection of anything in mass quantity can be a challenge when it comes to displaying it in a stylish and creative way. Whether you're in a single room loft or a five bedroom home, if you're a bookworm, chances are you have a ton of books and not much storage space. In the past few months I've had the pleasure of visiting a ton of amazing homes and showrooms. It's always fun to see how these home/store owners set up their book shelves and displays.

You can display your books on a shelf, mixed in with vases, framed photos and collectables…or you can stack them from floor to ceiling as a sculpture. Regardless, I think where design is concerned don't forget to try different things.

1. John Mullen displays his favorite books on top of a vintage typewriter. I love how simple and romantic this looks.

2. Inside the eccentric home of Russell Brown, John Arsenault and John Ruggiero there were books everywhere — stacked on coffee tables, on the floor and even on display as part of the actual furniture. Beneath this super amazing lamp from Lori Fradella's store MINE, was a beautiful wooden chair and dresser table that showed off the stack of books.

3. One of my favorite elements of Harriet Zaretsky's home was her coffee table. She displayed luscious white flowers, coral and a stack of photography books.

4. Evan Harrison and Greg Gasawski's home was quite colorful and rich with texture. Their collection of music and books were discretely mixed together and filed neatly in this large bookcase. I thought it was very subtle but they were not the focal point of the living room, which is how they liked it.

5. Kara and Ken Pearson's ceiling high book shelf was a center piece to their hallway. It's the first thing you'd see walking through the front door, and coming around the corner from the bedroom. I love how her use of paint color really brings out the color of the rug and her books.

6. Russell Brown's bedroom was welcoming and warm, but bright and colorful in design. I love how he stacks his books in multiple piles next to his cozy chair.

7. Another book display I loved in Russell, John A. and John R.'s house was this little stack bound and tied by simple yarn.

8. At POKE Acupuncture, office of Russell Brown, there are similar style aesthetics as seen in his home. This hallway leading back toward the treatment room shows off collections of photography, paintings and an abundance of literature.

9. Anthony Franco and Gregory Metcalf's stylish craftsman is home to many shiny and lovely things. I loved this modern bookshelf that strategically cased many hardback coffee table books.

10. At 22 Bond Street each detail and floor display is laid out with perfection. I thought that the stack of books under the horn magnifying glass was very clever.

Images: Bethany Nauert

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