Obsessed. Infatuated. Captivated. Call it what you want but I am hooked on books…
Maybe because I’ve always loved to read, I find great comfort in books. I still visit and use my local library. I’m still a “paper copy” reader of books. No electronic reader for this girl!
I love being surrounded by books. Maybe because of that, I have always been fascinated and interested in bookcases and what the shelves have on them.
I still get a thrill going to the library and feasting at all the shelves and the books on them.
Most of us love to peruse the shelves at retail bookstores like Barnes and Noble.
And who doesn’t love the charm of the bookshelves from “The Shop Around the Corner” in the movie You’ve Got Mail?
Let’s take a look at some of the many ways to arrange bookcases…
Bookcases Lined with Only Books (what’s not to love about this?)
and who doesn’t love a rolling ladder to go with the books…
Books creatively arranged by color
A beautifully, decorated room and arranged bookcases with hues of blue and white – besides books, the shelves also display objects with a similar palette
Yellow, white, and black themed room and bookcases
Blue with red accents….
Shelves holding soothing neutrals…
Or add some “Color Drama” to your bookcase by painting it all a bold color like this one!
Bookcases with TVs
Let’s face it, TVs are part of our everyday life. So if you need to, put your large screen television into your bookcase. The bookcase can still look beautiful with pretty items like books, family photos and decorative objects on the shelves surrounding the TV like the photos below show us.
Bookcases with Art
Bookcases don’t always have to be about books. They can be a great way to show off your art and/or collection of sculptures or artifacts.
The next set of pictures are from one of my Book Club friend’s home – both she and her husband are avid readers along with major collectors of art. I just had to share their bookcases lined with various interesting pieces of art and sculpture. These bookcases happen to be in their living room, so they don’t hold many books. Most of their books are in their study bookcase.
I love how the shelves were built and framed around the cute bull’s eye window and pretty light fixtures.
Let There be Light! – Bookcases with Art Lights
Yes, it’s an added expense / additional electrical wiring required but it can be so worth it – light fixtures mounted on the moldings of a bookcase can add so much charm and beauty to a room…
I am a huge fan of those gorgeous light fixtures!
Very interesting bookcases!
Bookcases with a Bar or a Serving Station
It might be a space issue or maybe for convenience reasons, but possibly you may want to build a bar or a serving station into your bookcase like the ones below.
This bookcase has the works – shelves with books and objects, a built-in TV, a bar and art lights!
Bookcases with Books, Photos, and Other Decorative Objects
A bookcase that holds an array of books, personal photos, and other decorative objects happens to be my favorite and what my bookcases are comprised of. I like when a bookcase holds a person’s ( or persons’) passions, hobbies, collections, etc. and the shelves tell us something about what that person(s) likes to do or where they have travelled.
An equestrian interest is quite evident here…
My Study Bookcases
Some things you may have noticed about my bookcases: I like to collect Staffordshire dog figurines, I have a collection of trophies (no, not mine), I have a fetish for clocks (& watches actually), and I like to arrange my books by topic, author, and/or general theme.
You can see a few of my decorating books here.
Glass bookcases flanking the fireplace – I’m still having fun filling these shelves! If you’d like to see more of this room, check out my previous blog post My Study/Library Inspiration: Before & After.
A bookcase in our family room – mainly comprised of family photos and books, but two interests are also evident here – my “thing” for clocks and a favorite passion of some family members’ – golf!Personal note: Just like the Cicero quote I featured above, I do believe a room needs books in it to be soulful. With the exception my dining room and bathrooms, there’s not a room in my home without some books somewhere in each of them. I have a lot of books on my bookcases that I haven’t read yet, but I fantasize about the days in the future when I have the time to sit down and read each of them! In the meantime, my books are beautiful to gaze at and languishing on the shelves just waiting for me to read each of them…
“And I like talking about books. I like paper. I like how it feels, and I like the feel of a book in my back pocket. I like how a new book smells, too.” From the fiction book, “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” by Gabrielle Zevin