Instead of cramming every inch of a bookshelf full, allow it some breathing room by stacking books both vertically and horizontally. Adding in favorite accessories and artwork helps it feel more alive.
Cousins Undercover integrated an open bookcase into this design, allowing for functional storage in two separate rooms. Here, the white bookshelf allows light to filter into a dark turquoise living room featuring a low-slung armchair and pink throw.
This white bookshelf fades into the wall and lets the objects on the shelves take center stage. Designers kept accessories in a similar color palette as the rest of the home—blue, black and coral—and used a mix of paperbacks, colorful hardcovers, small accessories and plants for a balanced look.
A trio of small bookcases adds style to this bedroom while offering a high-profile place for storage and displaying knickknacks. The Expedit shelves from Ikea are perfectly sized to hold rattan baskets, which help conceal clutter you might not want to see.