Book Shelf Decor_Banner
Photo Courtesy of @liz_besanson IG

The Best Bookshelf Decor

Take a page out of our book, literally, for a roundup of the best bookshelf decor to elevate any room in your home.
Roxanne Robinson Mar 11, 2021
Share on facebook
Share on pinterest
Share on email
Share on facebook
Share on pinterest
Share on email

E-books can prevail all they want. Nothing quite replaces the joy of a physical book. A home devoid of books looks empty indeed. While a hard-copy book collection may feed your soul, styling them with bookshelf décor feeds your inner decorator. Nest Casa spells out some of the best bookshelf style ideas to get a read on now.

The Library Is Born

Libraries date back to the 7th century B.C. in fact, credited to Assyrian ruler Ashurbanipal. Located in modern-day Iraq, the idea was riche from the onset, intended for “royal contemplation.” For instance, when discovered in modern times, more than 30,000 cuneiform tablets were found arranged by subject matter. Although it’s not clear if the ancient Assyrian’s favored bookshelf décor

When civilization developed, so too did the library, which derives its name from the Latin word liber, which means “book” — ironic that “liberty” is a similar word. Notably Italian art and architecture photographer Massimo Listri captured some of history’s most impressive libraries for his 2018 book The World’s Most Beautiful Libraries. In this case, Listri found himself fascinated with books rather than any bookshelf décor.

From then on, acquiring a home library was not only a sign of education, it also went hand-in-hand with wealth. To explain, even after the invention of the printing press, books were also costly for the average person. Thus proudly displaying a collection of books, especially in the home, became a predominant symbol of wealth and erudition by the 18th century. Accordingly, bookshelf décor often went hand in hand with a boast-worthy library.

Bookshelf Decor Tip 1: Add Objects

But other times, additional elements are in order for well-executed bookshelf styling. Namely, curios are also apt bookshelf décor, and the right balance of books, objects, open space, and even plants or flowers can result in an alluring shelf styling mix. From novels to coffee table books, different varieties of book styles combine nicely with bookends, along with vases, photos, art, and candles, space permitting. Additionally, a plant or flower to achieve a genuinely eclectic mix, and bookshelves can become any room’s most celebrated centerpiece.

Edtior’s Picks Objects

Bookshelf Decor Tip 2: Use Shape & Size

If considering this concept, much has changed for avid book lovers wishing to style their shelves at home. To that end, wipe your memory clean of the card-catalog bookshelves of your school library. In other words, you can add pizzazz to bookshelf décor even when styling just the books. For example, the artful mixing of shapes and sizes, colors, and positioning can create interest and visual intrigue. 

Case in point: This vintage Hollywood home's bookshelf decor got a shout-out on Kristen Blazek's @a1000xbetter Instagram and lifestyle blogger Emily Henderson's blog. Likewise Rug Society's Instagram gushes on this full wall, eight-shelf library with books broken up into unexpected groupings.

Edtior’s Picks: Books

Bookshelf Tip 3: Leave Space Open

Conversely, sometimes the most exciting way to style a bookshelf is by leaving it devoid of books, especially for the tech-savvy crowd. For instance, sparse built-in shelves dotted with trinkets and art provide for plenty of negative space but can also add a deep sense of drama to your room. Moreover, to accommodate such a decadent display of open bookshelf space, you can be sure to add storage space to your iPad or e-reader to convert all of your favorite tomes to be digitally displayed.

Editor’s Picks: Negative Space Fillers

Bookshelf Decor Tip 4: The Color Hack

Who says you can’t judge a book by its colors? In fact, for this bookshelf decor hack, we recommend you select those books precisely because of the bold color the cover happens to be. For instance, using books arranged by color adds all over drama and pops of color as well. Musk and Amber, a design forward store serving the MENA region, sums up color used on a bookshelf as bright  touches in this otherwise tonal sitting room. With a mid-century vibe, the rich brown wood and white palette in the space incorporate color via books and pillows.

Editor’s Picks: Color

Roxanne Robinson
Roxanne Robinson is an award-winning Paris-based American journalist covering luxury and fashion industries with over 25 years of experience. I spent over 18 years at WWD, covering sportswear, accessories and fine jewelry. My career witnessed the shift from print media to the digital age. I gained expert knowledge of the design world, wholesale and retail markets as well as the marketing that supports them. I met endless creatives and business people who create luxury from inception to POS with the consumer. My work has appeared in Forbes.com, BoF, The Hollywood Reporter, CRFashionbook.com, The Jewelry Journal as well in-house publications and websites at Bally, Pomellato, Au Depart and Editorialist.com among others.
0
    0
    CART
    Your cart is empty
      ©NestCasa. All Rights Reserved
      Term and Condition


      Nest Casa LLC respects your privacy and is committed to protecting your personal information. The privacy policy summarizes our practices regarding information collection, use and disclosure practices for www.nestcasa.com.

      Personal Information

      By visiting this website (www.nestcasa.com) you may provide us with personal information you willingly choose to disclose and information we collect as you browse the site. We collect and store your voluntary information by means of Registration Forms, Order Forms, Surveys and Email.

      How Do We Use Your Personal Information?

      We use your personal information to communicate with you if and when necessary in connection with the use of www.nestcasa. com. We may also use your information to provide you with email communication regarding upcoming events, new services and general information about our products and services.

      Opt Out

      We do provide the option to “Opt out” of these communications with www.nestcasa.com.We do provide the option to “Opt out” of these communications with www.nestcasa.com.

      Disclosure Of Your Personal Information

      We do not sell, rent, license, trade or otherwise disclose the personal information of this Web site visitor to unaffiliated third parties. We may disclose information about you if and when it is necessary to comply within The law or enforce our legal rights to protect our business, property and operations.

      Security

      We are committed to your privacy and for this reason we have put in place electronic, physical and managerial procedures to safeguard and prevent unauthorized access to your data. Please note that although all of these measures are in place no transaction that takes place over the internet or wireless network can be 100% guaranteed.

      Changes To Privacy Policy

      Please feel free to contact us with any questions regarding this Privacy Policy at 305-672-9611 or by email at customerservice@nestcasa.com.

      Questions

      Nest Casa LLC reserves the right to change the Privacy Policy and if and when this occurs it will be posted on the website www. nestcasa.com

      Stay updated!
      Subscribe to our newsletter
      Subscribe now to get 10% off. Don't miss out.
        SUBSCRIBE