Beyond the obvious purpose that bookshelves serve (ahem, holding books), they also allow you to display art and organize all those not-sure-where-to-put-them items. Check out some of our favorite ideas for inspiration and then start showing your books some love.
An Artful Approach
This bookshelf display has a practical design -- the wood-paneled wall is divided into shelves that provide spaces of differing heights to hold not only books but other collectibles like sculptures, vases, and bowls.
Small and Tucked Away
Add practical storage and visual interest to a smaller space by combining books stacked by color with kitchen tools.
A Personal Library
If you have enough books to warrant your own card-catalog system, turn an entire wall into a mini library. Leave the rest of the room neutral so that the wall of books provide the only vivid color.
These floor-to-ceiling bookcases are original to the house and hold various family objects such as woven baskets to keep family photos, book collections, and a display area.
The open living area of this modern home features a wide bookshelf display with built-in cabinets. The practical design creates a storage area while maintaining the room's clean and spare aesthetic.
A Curated Display
Along one wall of the living room, floating shelves hold "things we think are beautiful," the owner of this home says; these include ceramic vessels, old bottles, surfboard fins that washed up on the beach, and even a twisted column of melted candle wax.
From the stairway, an internal window offers a glimpse of this den's plywood shelves and a midcentury Danish modern armchair.
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