Are you searching for bookshelf decor ideas? Here are 15 decor ideas that will make your bookshelves look 10 times cuter
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Looking to spice up your bookshelves? As a book lover, I truly appreciate a cozy, pretty space to store all my books. Plus there are endless ways you can style your bookshelves and make them look insanely stylish. Even if you don't own tons of clothbound or special edition books. In this post, I'm sharing the absolute best bookshelf decor ideas.
You're going to learn all about modern bookshelf decor, small bookshelf decor, elegant bookshelf decor and more.
Now that I have Pinterest and Instagram, I'm constantly stalking other book bloggers and bookstagrammers to see how they style their bookshelves. I've rounded up all the best ideas here. Here are 15 insanely cute bookshelf decor ideas you need to try.
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The best bookshelf decor ideas
1. Try Rainbow Shelves
Recreate this look:
If you have enough books then try some rainbow bookshelves. I am OBSESSED with these rainbow bookshelves. And I love how the candles match the books.
If you're on Bookstagram or Booktok then rainbow bookshelves make the perfect backdrop. They look undeniably beautiful and make such a focal point in the room. They make a room look so bright and cheerful.
2. Arrange The Books In Different Ways
Recreate this look:
How cute are these bookshelves?! Arranging your books in different ways is an easy way to add interest to your bookshelves! Especially if you have lots of books.
Stacking your books horizontally makes the perfect pedestal for a cute ornament such as a candle. Facing the book forwards also means you can show off any pretty book covers you have.
I also love how these bookshelves use ornaments such as the brass monkeys as bookends. They're so cute! And they add a touch of personality to the bookshelves.
3. Turn Your Books Around The Other Way
Recreate this look:
If you want a cohesive or neutral look for your bookshelves then consider turning your books around the other way. Turning the books around helps you stick to a more cohesive colour palette.
I'm OBSESSED with the academia vibes in this photo. The tabbed/annotated book really adds to the effect. The accessories also work really well. Sticking prints or postcards onto the back of the shelves adds a great focal point to the bookshelves. Plus it's a great way to add personality to your bookshelves if you're on a budget!
4. Add A Funko Pop
Confession time: I never used to understand the appeal of Funko Pops. I have friends who LOVE collecting them. But I didn't really understand why people spent so much money on them.
But then I joined Bookstagram.
Funko Pops look insanely adorable decorating bookshelves. They're a great way to add a personal touch. And they're a great way to show your love for a particular fandom. You can even get customised Funko Pops on Etsy based on your favourite books. I'm obsessed with this Hunt Athalar Funko Pop and also this Kaz Brekker Funko Pop
If you take photos for Bookstagram then I highly recommend Funko Pops. They look really cute in book photos. And they always catch my eye.
5. Add some greenery
These bookshelves look so warm and inviting! Adding a touch of greenery is an easy way to bring the outdoors in. To achieve this look simply scatter some succulents or house plants over your bookshelves.
Don't worry - if you're not green fingered you can get a similar look with fake plants.
The plants pair perfectly with the wooden shelves. The wood adds so much warmth to the space. It's an easy to way add some personality in your living room. You can also stack books next to the bookshelves for an even cosier look.
7. Add a Book Cart
Book Carts are my latest obsession! Not only are they super practical but they look absolutely adorable! They're perfect if you are limited on space. They don't take up much room but can hold a surprising amount of books.
If you're bookshelves are full - they are also a great way to store some additional books.
I love how this reading cart is decorated! The statue is such a great accent. And it works really well with the books.
8. Try a dark or vibrant colour
The forest green on these bookshelves is absolutely stunning. Dark or bright bookshelves are an excellent way to make a feature of your books. And it really makes the colours of the book covers pop.
If you enjoy fantasy books then crowns and swords both make excellent bookshelf decor. And they look really beautiful in photos.
9. Include a miniature book nook
I'm convinced that miniature book nooks are the future. They slide in between your books and look absolutely adorable. This miniature pink locker adds so much cuteness to these bookshelves.
What really adds to the cuteness of these bookshelves is the monochromatic all-pink colour theme. You could recreate a similar effect by choosing accessories with a similar colour theme. Keep an eye out at the thrift store for cute trinkets to use!
10. A few fake flowers
Some of my favourite bookshelves are filled with fake flowers! They are an easy way to fill the space but look insanely beautiful. These roses look so eye catching and tie the colours together beautifully. And you don't have to worry about watering them!
The colour scheme in this photo works very well. The pink and orange create a really warm and cosy feel. And the candle and acessories tie everything together perfectly.
To recreate this look you can pick up fake flowers from almost any homeware store. And they're usually pretty reasonably priced!
11. Sparkly gold accents
You can truly never go wrong with whites and golds! Going for an white look is elegant and it's a great base to style other accents off.
I love how the gold moon garland and book cart pop against the white bookshelves. And the plant also adds some texture to the bookshelves.
Again, the books have been arranged in different ways. And the horizontal books make the perfect stand for decor such as the lightbox or a candle.