In his Vanitas series, artist James Hopkins strategically arranges household items on bookshelves to create skeletal works of art. His seven groupings tackle themes that range from celebratory indulgence to death — each comprising mostly everyday household items like stereo speakers or stemware. Keep reading to peruse his fascinating skull shelves, and browse his portfolio for even more inspiring ways to reimagine everyday items.
If you don't have room in your nursery or kid's room for a huge bookcase, storing your kid's library in a organized, attractive way can feel daunting. But we have your small-space solution! Invest in one (or more) of the following teeny-tiny bins, caddies, carts, and racks, all designed to hold a lot of books while maintaining a tiny footprint. From The Land of Nod, RH Baby & Child, Babyletto, and more, these bookcases are small on space but big on style!
While House Tweaking blogger Dana has a day gig as a pharmacist, her styling and DIY skills could rival any industry insider's. After spotting her do-it-yourself shelving tutorial, we felt inspired by the beautiful design moments of this focal point. While the perfect piece of furniture is undoubtedly important, it's really the styling that takes a piece to the next level. Read on for our four no-fail tips on how to trick out any shelving unit!
Four Bookshelf Styling Secrets to Live By
- Incorporate something from nature
- Store your stuff in style
- Rearrange your books
- Scope out sculptural elements
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Boxes, baskets, trays, and bins help banish clutter, but they should also serve as decor. Look for pieces with interesting textures, patterns, or color, like this roundup of chic boxes.
While it's tempting to get stuck in the vertical stacking method, don't be afraid to mix it up. Try separating your books into vertical and horizontal stacks. Organize horizontal stacks into small, neat piles and top them with decorative objects like vases or framed pictures. Organize vertical stacks in a similar way, but accessorize them with bookends.
Adding some eye candy to your bookshelf will help to keep it from looking like a hanging storage unit. Objects with beautiful shapes like vases (even without flowers!) or metal spheres will create visual interest.
Done right, a well-styled bookcase conveys personality and warmth. As any interior designer will tell you, though, this is much easier said than done. To crack the code, we rounded up some of our favorite bookcases from Elle Decor and are breaking down the tips and tricks that make them so successful. After this, you will be styling bookcases with the best of them!
More than just a place to stack your favorite reads, a bookcase can be one of the best places to show off your unique style. Inspired by this striking vignette designed by Trip Haenisch & Associates, we're taking a look at some of the key creative elements that grab our attention. Check out these smart design ideas to curate your own standout bookcase:
- Play with proportion: For a striking look, choose just a few large, unique objects for the top shelf. Stick to a more neutral color palette for the oversize items so that you can use books and smaller items to experiment with color.
- Get creative with knickknacks: This vignette features everything from a clock to a tall letter to an antique bell, so take a cue from Trip Haenisch, and don't be afraid to include some of the odd, eclectic pieces you've collected.
- Top book stacks with trinkets: Set a small bowl or tiny curiosity on a few of the book stacks for a cool, artistic display. Worried about the shelves looking chaotic? Arrange the books by color and size for a more visually appealing style.
- Add a clamp-on lamp: To keep the look simple and streamlined, avoid a bulky table lamp. Try a sleek floor lamp or, for a smart, space-saving option, find an industrial lamp that can attach to the bookcase.
- Incorporate some texture: Not only are baskets a convenient, attractive way to store loose items, but they also add a new texture to the display. Placed on the bottom shelf, baskets will ground the look without distracting from the rest of the bookcase.
A well-curated shelf lined with your favorite objects can be a great way to show off your taste — but the bookcase itself can make a major style statement too. Looking for a design-savvy storage option for your home? We've scoured the web to find the best bookcases for every style personality. From rustic, eclectic pieces to more sleek, modern options, here are 13 bookcases that are sure to steal some attention.
Bookshelves are present in practically every home, but making them transcend function to actually look beautiful can sometimes be tricky. I've pulled together some of my favorite examples of shelves that artfully organize and elevate the design of the rooms they are in. Whether you're building a custom bookshelf, picking up a unit from Ikea, or re-imagining another piece of furniture, I have tips on how to get the most out of each look. See how adding wallpaper, paint, decorative objects, and unexpected features can transform your bookshelves into spectacular focal pieces for your home!
I don't have a bookcase or bookshelves, but I do have a fair amount of books. In my bedroom, I store them by stacking them and propping them up on my nightstand. In my living room, there's a ledge where I set my coffee table books with their covers facing forward. I've also learned to use little odds and ends, accessories, and books themselves as bookends. I actually used to simply stack my books on the floor in one tall, wobbly column. Because I'd rather not take up more space with a bookcase, I just make do without one.
How about you? Do you store your books on a real bookcase or bookshelves? Or do you keep them on a table or somewhere else?
When I have the opportunity to buy — or build — a house of my own, on top of my list of must haves will be a built-in bookcase, if not several of them. My literary collection is constantly expanding, and I simply don't have the tabletop or bookshelf space to store them. So I'd love to devote a whole wall of my home to my dusty hardbacks (and paperbacks). Just for fun, I thought I'd dive into some images of crave-worthy built-in bookcases. Come along and check them out!
A bona fide typography nerd, I gravitate toward alphabet motifs in all shapes and forms. From throw pillows emblazoned with letters to quotation mark bookends, the typography trend is one that I wholeheartedly support.
So imagine how excited I was to discover this Aakkoset Bookcase by Ugandan-born designer Lincoln Kayiwa, which uses each letter's form as a nook to hold books, CDs, magazines, accessories, and more. It can also be left empty and used as a room divider for open-plan living spaces or studios. Better yet, if you're not enthused about rouge, it can be ordered in black, blue, green, orange, violet, white, or yellow. I think it would be terrific in a playroom or elementary school. Is it too modern for you or do you love it too?