Organizing Ideas
Oct 21, 2015

10 stylish solutions to show off your books

By: Jessica Padykula
10 stylish solutions to show off your books

Organizing Ideas
Oct 21, 2015

10 stylish solutions to show off your books

By: Jessica Padykula

Turn your book collection into decorative eye candy while staying organized with these stylish bookcases and shelves.

 

As hard as we try to keep them organized, books can often get unwieldy. Piles pop up atop coffee tables, stacked haphazardly next to beds and left errantly here and there. Not only that, it can be tough to keep them contained in way that doesn’t detract from a room’s overall look and feel, especially since storage solutions can sometimes err on the side of utilitarian.

The key is to find a way to blend style and function when it comes to keeping things tidy. Breathe new life into your book collection with our picks for 10 bookcases and shelving solutions that flawlessly combine function and style.

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10 stylish solutions to show off your books

1 Rustic bookcase

Add a rustic element to a home office or family room with a bookcase inspired by a vintage carpenter’s bench. Crafted out of pine with hardware finished in antique bronze, this bookcase is neutral enough to be incorporated into most decor schemes, but still makes a stylish statement. Hendrix Bookcase, Pottery Barn, $899.

By: Jessica Padykula Source: Pottery Barn Credits: Style at Home

10 stylish solutions to show off your books

2 Stacked shelf system

Customize your shelving based on space and how much storage you need with a clever stacked shelving system. Clip together units of various sizes in a configuration that works for your space to create a unique look in any room. Choose from white, dark grey, light grey and dark ash. Muuto Stacked Shelf System, The Modern Shop, pieces starting at $179.

By: Jessica Padykula Source: The Modern Shop Credits: Style at Home

10 stylish solutions to show off your books

3 Two-toned bookcase

The contrasting white frame and walnut shelving make this piece a particularly eye-catching way to display your favourite books. Choose from either white and walnut or black and white. Coppar 71" Bookcase by Hokku Designs, All Modern, $224.99.

By: Jessica Padykula Source: All Modern Credits: Style at Home

10 stylish solutions to show off your books

4 Ladder bookcase

Show off books of all shapes and sizes with ease on the open shelves of this ladder bookcase. The vertical dividers provide an opportunity to create a unique display that can easily also incorporate plants, frames and knickknacks. Ladder Bookshelf, West Elm, $399.

By: Jessica Padykula Source: West Elm Credits: Style at Home

10 stylish solutions to show off your books

5 Lucite and brass bookcase

If you’re looking for a splurge-worthy bookcase that will make a stylish and elegant statement, look no further than this beautiful Jonathan Adler étagère made of Lucite and polished brass. This bookcase would instantly elevate any entryway or family room, no matter what it displayed! Jacques Lucite & Brass Etagere, Horchow, $2,699.

By: Jessica Padykula Source: Horchow Credits: Style at Home

10 stylish solutions to show off your books

6 Staggered bookcase

Brighten up your workspace or den with the help of a lacquered, high-gloss bookcase with open shelving. The modern yet minimalist design can suit nearly any space. Plus, combining more than one can create a stylish and sleek room divider. 3.14 white bookcase, CB2, $594.

By: Jessica Padykula Source: CB2 Credits: Style at Home

10 stylish solutions to show off your books

7 Zig zag bookcase

Eschew conventional shelves in favour of a quirky zig zag design. We love the idea of using this bookcase to display a combination of paperbacks, hardcovers, photos and other decorative items that will really warm up a room. Donnia Open Zig Zag 70.75" Bookcase, All Modern, $270.

By: Jessica Padykula Source: All Modern Credits: Style at Home

10 stylish solutions to show off your books

8 Rolling bookcase

Sometimes the simplest pieces can create the most interesting design elements and this industrial-inspired rolling bookshelf does just that. It can easily be moved should you feel the need to change things up and the combination of steel and oak makes for a versatile piece perfect for displaying tomes of all sizes. Design Workshop Rolling Carts, West Elm, $1,900 - $2,980.

By: Jessica Padykula Source: West Elm Credits: Style at Home

10 stylish solutions to show off your books

9 Wall hung shelving

Create a display that suits your space with stylish wall hung shelving inspired by industrial crates. These can be configured in multiple ways making it easy to personalize the way you show off your books. The four-way keyhole hanger enables each shelf to be hung in any orientation you’re partial to. Bias Wall Hung Shelving Set of 4 by Hem, The Modern Shop, $463.

By: Jessica Padykula Source: The Modern Shop Credits: Style at Home

10 stylish solutions to show off your books

10 Tube bookshelf

Perfect for a child’s bedroom or anywhere you want to add a playful piece of furniture, this whimsical bookshelf offers a truly unique way to display books. We’re partial to the black and white, but if you want a pop of bold colour choose from lime green, red or orange. Bolla 8 by David Winston, YLiving, $1,814.

By: Jessica Padykula Source: YLiving Credits: Style at Home
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