8 Simple and Brilliant Bookcase Ideas

Bookcases are where we store and display some of our most cherished objects, from favorite books to accumulated collections of family photos. There’s no need for your bookcase to be boring or basic. Your book collection can say a lot about your personality, so why shouldn’t your bookshelf do the same? Finding creative ways to display these items can be just as alluring as a work of art and design.

Add a dose of style to your bookcases with these eight simple ideas.

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Paint the Back

Painting the back is an easy way to add a pop of color to your room and make your bookcase stand out. This wow factor will help the accessories take center stage. If you want to play it a bit safer, just paint the back a few hues darker than the paint in your room.

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PaperBack

Like painting, adding a wallpaper, or even wrapping paper to the back of your bookcase, is a great way to add pattern, texture or whimsy to your space.

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Put a Basket on It

Baskets provide a storage solution and bring order and texture to your open shelving.

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Don’t Waste Space

Turn unused space into storage by framing a less-frequented doorway with bookshelves and paint it the same color as the walls, to blend in.

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Beauty and the Beast

Just because you need a bookcase for function, such as storing bathroom necessities, doesn’t mean it can’t be pretty as well. Paint it to match your décor, add ornamental jars, baskets and vases to store and corral items, and fold and stack towels.

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Double Duty

Use a bookcase for more than just display. The addition of fiberboard, legs, and a bookcase can become a study station when you’re tight on space. In an open living area, use a bookcase as both a room divider and book storage.

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A Work of Art

Every beautiful bookcase must incorporate some art work. Art is personal and can tell a lot about who you are. Stand a small-framed print on an easel, lean a large print against the back or you can even hang some framed art or photography off of the bookcase molding itself.

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Create Interest

Books can be stacked vertically, horizontally or both! Remove dust jackets and group books by color. Display special mementos from your life and your travels to create interest, and personalize a bookshelf beyond stacks of books.

What creative ways have you used to decorate a bookshelf to add more style to your home?

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