Interior designer Tiffany Brooks covered the backing of the built-in bookcase with green grass cloth wallpaper that highlights the white books and accessories on the open shelves, including a pair of fun white ear-shaped bookends.
Look closely at these bookcases and note that they’re built on industrial disc casters, designed to be beautiful and practical office/room dividers. They’re literally colorful, moveable walls. Hanson Hsu of Delta H Design Inc. designed them with both form and function in mind. The shorter, higher shelves hold smaller books, which are lighter. The middle three shelves hold standard-sized binders and/or medium-sized books, while the very tall lower shelves are for large-format art, architecture and photography books, which can be heavy and cumbersome, therefore easier to handle down low. These bookshelves are constructed of walnut and have a frosted Plexiglas backing so the books don’t fall through.
Unless your shelves are fixed in a built-in or other shelving unit, "vary shelf heights so they don't all line up exactly," suggests Nancy Barsotti, ASID fellow and interior designer in New York City and Pittsburgh. You'll be able to use larger pieces and break out of the "lined-up soldiers" look that gets boring so quickly.
Turn a bookcase into a headboard. Jo Torrijos, a blogger from Atlanta, transformed a freebie bookcase from a friend into a functional and fashionable headboard in this bedroom. “Since I need room to store books, magazines and styling props, using this as a headboard provides plenty of storage and also doubles as nightstands where I can place a pair of lamps and any other bedside necessities,” says Torrijos.
The perfect spot for an afternoon read, this living space features a tall metal bookshelf and comfy daybed paired with a cowhide pillow and graphic black and white pillow. A skinny floor lamp with a drum-shaped shade brings additional light to the space in the evening.
When drawers and cabinets won't do, seek space inside kitchen walls with a recessed spice shelf. Blogger Mandi Tremayne's custom spice shelf features embellished molding and simple spice jars for a classic, traditional look that elevates everyday spices to festive kitchen decor.