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Photography by TRENDENSER.SE

A bold backdrop for shelves lends a dramatic statement to a sea of white. Recreate the look or opt for something in a brighter shade – here’s how.

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Photography by MILK MAGAZINE

Consider this the closest thing to effortlessly color-coded shelves. Mix in a few cozy textures and rustic details to complete the look.

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Photography by SFGIRLBYBAY / VICTORIA SMITH

Make use of the space adjacent to the stairs with custom-built shelves that extend along the height of the area.

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Photography by STYLECASTER

File this one under dream library. For the bookcase that spans along the entirety of a wall, a color-coded scheme can evoke a less cluttered feel to the room. Need a bit more convincing? We’ve got seven reasons why everyone needs a color-coded shelf.

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Photography by MYDOMAINE

A centered frame affixed to a middle shelf helps distract the eye from a relatively busy background. 

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Photography by SFGIRLBYBAY / VICTORIA SMITH VISIT

Who said accent walls couldn’t serve a purpose? Dress up a plain media or entertaining center with a monochrome wash of a saturated hue and deck it with an eclectic handful of decorative elements.

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Photography by ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST RUSSIA VISIT

We love the idea of arranging books in neat, vertical stacks along the shelves, complemented by an effortless arrangement of prints up top.

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Photography by 79IDEAS VISIT

A curated shelf of titles of a monochrome palette complements a classic, black and white decor scheme. 

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Photography by DECOR8

Transform the leftover space aside the stairs into a floor-to-ceiling bookcase with compartmentalized shelves. Now that’s our idea of mixing form with function.

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Photography by I SPY DIY

Consider this the eclectic shelf of the travel-enthusiast, featuring a clever pairing of found objects, color-coded book stacks, and a rather impressive collection of globes.

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Photography by SCHNEIDER COLAO

Built-in bookshelves lend a refined touch to just about any room, while providing ample space for books, art, decorative accents, and more!

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Photography by STYLE-FILES.COM VISIT

We’re marking this as one for displaying books with style. IKEA’s versatile LACK series makes for the perfect floating shelving system for the living room. 

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Photography by FIONA LYNCH

A chic combo of muted shades lends a warm element to this minimalist space, where a streamlined bookcase redefines style with functionality. 

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