Decorating Bookshelves

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Bookshelves are a great platform for creating a captivating display of books, collectibles, photos and other favorite items.  Decorating bookshelves gives a room character and adds interest, especially when you include special items that tell a story.

Photo, BHG
Photo, BHG
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Photo, HGTV

Bookshelves are one of the most versatile and practical elements in a home.  Not just for books, they make a great display area for a group of family photos, a valued collection and much more.  Decorating bookshelves becomes a form of personal expression when interweaving personal treasures with books.

A collection of globes along the top of the bookshelves creates a unique display
A collection of globes along the top of the bookshelves creates a unique display
Bookshelves frame the window and create a symmetrical display area for artwork
Bookshelves frame the window and create a symmetrical display area for artwork
Bookshelves are the perfect place for a seasonal display
Bookshelves are the perfect place for a seasonal display

A bookshelf is the ideal location for a display of collectibles.  Clear a few shelves and use them for creating interesting arrangements of collections.

A collection of ceramic ware shines against the blue painted shelf walls
A collection of ceramic ware shines against the blue painted shelf walls
Photo, House Beautiful
Photo, House Beautiful
Photo, Vogue
Photo, Vogue

Paint or wallpaper the back shelves for a pop of color and visual interest.  Decorating bookshelves in this manner makes a great focal point for a room.

Artwork hung on the face of the bookshelf adds depth and interest
Artwork hung on the face of the bookshelf adds depth and interest
Photo, BHG
Photo, BHG
Bookshelf design by Paula Prass
Bookshelf design by Paula Prass

Some rooms have large bookshelves that run across a wall, creating a great background for the room.  To create interest and add a touch of personal style, hang pictures, mirrors or other pieces of artwork directly onto the bookshelf edges.

Colorful book covers enhance a space
Colorful book covers enhance a space
Colorful book covers makes this room pop
Colorful book covers makes this room pop
Photo, Quakerrose.com
Photo, Quakerrose.com

Bookshelves wouldn’t be complete without books, of course.  Store books horizontally and vertically to create visual interest and place decorative objects on top or beside stacks.  Use colorful book covers to accent and brighten a room.

Top two bookends via Joss & Main
Top two bookends via Joss & Main

Incorporate interesting bookends that add character to your book collections.  Not only functional but decorative, bookends come in a wide range of unique design styles to fit any décor.

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Photo, Interior Design 777

To finish off decorating bookshelves, illuminate them with decorative sconces or accent lights.  Lighting can be used to highlight collections and bring attention to the space, while adding a nice ambiance to the room.

Photo, BHG
Photo, BHG
An expanse of bookshelves enhance this living area
An expanse of bookshelves enhance this living area

Bookshelves are a valuable addition to any home, whether they are custom-built into the architecture of the home or freestanding units.  When decorating bookshelves, display what you love.

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