A mixed wood and metal desk and bookshelf add rustic industrial style to this sunny yellow home office. By turning books around so that the spine is facing backwards, the books become a part of the neutral, simple look of the shelf.
When styling a table or shelf, stacking books vertically, horizontally and even with the spine turned around makes a tableau that's visually interesting. This console table, as seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper, gets extra personality from playful accessories and a gallery wall of vintage photos.
Create your own special shadowbox with cool-looking maps or maps of favorite places, or any other motifs that give you a warm fuzzy feeling. Give stacked books that you already own a cohesive look by simply having the spines face the back of the bookshelf, as Jen Woodhouse of The House of Wood did in decorating her recycled wood and crate bookshelf.
For an unexpected and free update, simply flip around your books to show the pages instead of the spine. Then Gabriela Eisenhart and Holly Conlan with WAKE + LOOM Design accessorized with vintage and new vases and baskets in muted colors and white, which gave the built-in bookcase a minimal, modern feel, Eisenhart says.
The A-List celebrity who had these bathroom bookcases designed exclusively for her Hollywood-area home loves reading so much she wants books within reach at all times. Something tells us, however, that her invaluable first editions are stored elsewhere, as a steamy tub could ruin pages, spines and glue. But who reads priceless books in the bathtub anyway? The reading material here is purely for pleasure and relaxation.
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.
Atlanta designer Virginia Cheek created a unique "resting space" on the Serenbe showhouse's second floor: an office/loft at the top of the stairs that is ideal for cozying up with a good book or catching up on some work without feeling cut off from the life of the house.
Want a clever idea to create cohesion in a room? Turn books (without dust jackets) with pages facing out and spines in on a bookcase for a chic designer look. The stunning marbled wallpaper on the ceiling mimics the end papers in hardbound books and lends drama without making the room too busy.