Published on January 26, 2016

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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. 

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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