An eclectic living area features a built-in bookcase with a vast, colorful book collection. The bust on the floor and textile on the wall ties in the cultural story going on throughout the owner's design.
Just looking around the room, it's clear that designer Caitlin Murray put a lot of thought into even the smallest details. This golden ant sculpture is no exception, as Murray used it to bring out the foil in her clients' book collection.
A modern dining room turns its book collection into an eye-catching design statement by organizing them by color in the space-saving built-in bookshelf. A simple picnic table and ghost chairs let the striking dark walls and rainbow colors do the talking.
"I read a lot and am always hitting up used book stores to expand my collection," says Shirock. "Growing up my family had a rule that there was always enough money for music lessons and any book we wanted. I still don't really limit myself when it comes to buying books."
If you have a large collection of books, consider arranging them by color for instant bookshelf pizazz. The rainbow-hued display can be quite dramatic, although it can also make hunting down a specific tome a bit of a chore. "Library sales are a great way to pick up groups of colored books inexpensively," Megan suggests. Try removing the dust jackets on your hardbacks, too, especially for vintage books with interesting spines or luxe cover material.
Install simple cup hooks to store your lovely teacups, instead of stacking them. Hooks not only keep delicate china out of harm’s way, but they are an easy way to add another dimension to your kitchen decor. In this butler’s pantry in Susan Sully’s book, “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques," the hooks allow you to see the decorative details inside each cup that would have otherwise been hidden.
To make the room feel even more warm and welcoming, designer Barbara Vail layered the space with her client's vast book collection. With their spines arranged by color and size, the novels easily enliven the white walls.
Stacked books and mix of white objects make for an eclectic tabletop collection in this glam living room. The bold black and teal walls make a major statement as does the large gold and crystal chandelier.
An elegant, vintage-inspired chair is seated next to a modern geometric-based table in this sitting room. The turquoise curtains serve as the primary color focus in the light room, and cool floating bookshelves provide funky storage for a large collection of books.
When it comes to accessorizing and decorating with maximalism design it's important to incorporate books on books! This is an easy way to add multiple shades of color and debut your beloved book collection! Books stacked on a side table or on a floor to ceiling bookshelf are a maximalist’s dream.