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How to style your bookcase

Looking to add a little extra style and personality to your home? Don’t underestimate the impact of a beautifully styled bookcase!

You might think bookcases are good for one thing and one thing only – storing books – but there’s actually a range of ways your bookcase can be used to up the style ante in your home.

Choose the right style for your space

Bookcases come in all shapes and sizes, so it’s important you take the time to choose the right fit for your room. Too large and you risk overwhelming the space and making your room feel cluttered. Too small and your bookcase could get ‘lost’ amongst the rest of your furniture or end up looking like a last minute add-on.

You should also take care to choose a style that complements the rest of your furniture and décor - for example if your current furniture is traditionally styled then an ultra-contemporary high-gloss bookcase is likely to look out of place. If you're looking to give your living area a real overhaul, why not match your bookcase to your living room furniture or dining set?

Read the rainbow

Add instant interest to your bookcase by colour-coding your reads. Organising your books by spine colour immediately draws the eye and transforms your bookcase from functional storage to a stylish statement, with very little effort and no additional investment required.

Stack it up

Rather than storing all your books vertically, try stacking some horizontally as well. It's amazing how something as simple as this can instantly update the appearance of your bookcase to something a little more stylish and on-trend.

Add accent pieces

While a bookcase overflowing with well-thumbed tomes is surely a sign of a well-stimulated mind, it can look a little messy and overwhelming. Rather than pack your bookcase to the point of collapse, try interspersing your favourite books with ornaments or eye-catching prints for a more stylish look.

Layer from the back

For an eye-catching, multi-layered look place taller ornaments at the back of the bookshelf, and layer smaller ornaments towards the front. Be careful not to add too many pieces to each shelf, as this can lead to your bookcase looking cluttered and some ornaments getting 'lost'. This can also help keep display cabinets looking neat and well styled.