Libraries have a tendency to be serious; dark, wood-paneled walls, strict cataloging systems, and a shushing staff are a recipe for stiff and severe vibes. Books, though, are anything but. Lighthearted beach reads, enlightening nonfiction, and image-packed coffee-table tomes are endless sources of inspiration and pure joy. So why shouldn’t our libraries—whether whole rooms or a corner—reflect that?

Your Sally Rooney novels or Pierre Yovanovitch anthologies belong on baby blue shelves. Your treasured copies of Agatha Christie and George Orwell should live in a purple piece with bright yellow ledges. Yes, your collection deserves better, and these colorful options are up to the task.

If sci-fi is your genre of choice…

Tales of faraway galaxies will feel right at home in this futuristic purple design by Italian studio Chapel Petrassi.

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Contemporary Bookcase Purple Bikini Lacquered Wood, Chapel Petrassi ($8922)
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If you’re all about romance novels…

Give your favorite love stories a charming backdrop with this bubblegum pink bookcase.

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Crowley Standard Bookcase, George Oliver ($166)
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If you’re a thrill seeker…

Are your favorite titles Into the Wild and Between a Rock and a Hard Place? Display them in this nature-inspired forest green piece.

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Shelving System, Floyd ($695)
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If you can’t say no to an art book…

Part bookcase and part pedestal, this shelving unit is perfect for highlighting your most transportive coffee-table volumes.

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Cheba 138 Table, Madulum ($1287)
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If books in your house are stashed alongside Legos…

Kids can easily grab their toys (and bedtime stories!) from this low storage piece.

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Foshay Console Bookcase, Room & Board ($699)
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If your collection consists mostly of cookbooks…

Red is a color known to spark the appetite, so stash your favorite recipes on this crimson shelf.

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Tubular Bookshelf, Another Human ($1500)
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If the whole bookstore is your oyster…

This quirky storage piece has a bit of everything: fun zigzag shapes, an array of color, and enough shelves to display a varied assortment of paperbacks.

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Climb Shelving, La Chance ($771)
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If you’re a sucker for beach reads…

This powder blue unit will remind you of the ocean, even when you’re just kicking back with a best-seller in your living room armchair.

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Work Bookcase, Normann Copenhagen ($1280)
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