How To Style Your Bookcase 5 Ways

A bookcase isn’t just a practical item of furniture, it can be a blank canvas for demonstrating your personality and style. While we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, the bookcase can say a lot about you and your home to new visitors.

Your bookcase also doesn’t need to be just a place to store books. You can really bring some individuality into the room by combining your favourite novels with ornaments and intriguing keepsakes from your adventures. The tricky part is creating a cohesive look with the rest of your decor.

Read on for our tips on how to style your bookcase, so that yours will always be the center of attention

Keep it minimal

alto bookcase for minimal style

Alto Collection

If you’ve gone for the ‘less is more’ aesthetic in your home, a bookcase can be a tricky piece of furniture to style. A beautiful bookcase is a useful and decorative piece of furniture but its open shelves means there is nowhere to hide. If it becomes a place where you put those random bits and pieces that don’t have a home, maintaining a minimalist look is going to be difficult. However, this doesn’t have to be the case – keep empty spaces between your books and objects to reduce clutter. By playing with the heights and shapes of your accessories, you’ll create a natural lived-in look.

Feeling neutral vibes throughout the rest of your interiors? Mirror that on your bookcase by maintaining the color scheme for an effect that will look like you really invested in that interior designer!

Traditional country cottage

country cottage bookcase

Country Cottage Collection

It doesn’t get much better than cozying up with a good book in a country cottage, right? Keep that dream well and truly alive by making sure that your bookcase fits in perfectly. The secret to make this style work? Keep things rustic. Think old, dog-eared classic literature alongside beautiful family photographs and woven baskets. What’s more is that you can easily find the most fitting accessories for this look in your local thrift store; well thumbed books, chipped or scratched crockery – these will really recreate the rustic style.

Add a modern touch by choosing a bookcase that combines natural and painted wood, for cleaner lines but with a country touch. Just get the fire going and you’re all set!

French Farmhouse

french farmhouse style bookcase

French Farmhouse Collection

Nothing beats traditional French styling, and that’s especially true when it comes to your bookcase. Old-world charm is the essence of the French countryside, so don’t be afraid to mix and match old and new to make this style work.

Introduce different textures to really evoke that rustic, wholesome appeal, and balance out architectural features such as exposed beams and stonework with a natural, unpainted bookcase. Continue the theme of using natural materials with earthen pottery and woven details. Combining these small and subtle details can instantly whisk you off into the European escape!

Vintage vibes

kemble painted bookcase

Kemble Collection

The vintage look is here to stay, and what better way to do it than with a piece of painted furniture for a polished, yet shabby chic vibe? Muted hues and pastels are the perfect palettes to use here.

It’s all in the detail, so play around and accessorize with eclectic features such as old photos, vintage radios and trinket boxes alongside your books. Finish it off with some dainty fresh flowers – they’ll look gorgeous beside a background of warm, neutral colors.

Pop of Color

galway bookcase with pops of pink

Galway Collection

One of the things that interior designers will always consider is how to bring cohesion to their visions. An empty or plain room is your oyster, and you can do pretty much anything with it as long as you have the common element that brings it all together. A great way to do this is by using color as your bond.

If you’ve picked a pink color scheme, for instance, introduce some variety and complement existing pieces in the room by using different shades of one color. Subtle hues on your walls mixed with pops of colour or bright, unusual objects gives you the freedom to choose decorative elements and pump some personality into the room.

Hopefully we’ve struck that creative chord and inspired you to try styling your own bookcase! We’d love to see what you come up with – make sure you tag us on Instagram so we can see your looks.


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