Photo Gallery: Bookshelf Styling Tips
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In this family room, designer Theresa Casey removed heavy crown moulding, then coated the panelling and built-in oak bookcases in a contemporary blue-grey shade. She then used a variety of books in blue, orange, yellow, red and green and grouped them together according to colour. A 9′ long custom sofa and lipstick-red womb chair by Eero Saarinen echo the colour blocked books.
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Along with providing access to the highest shelves, the sliding library ladder adds an old world decorative touch. For extra storage, cabinets were built in below the bookshelves.
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Designer Scott Yetman and his partner, Jean Michel Lavoie, call this Ralph Lauren–inspired room — in their Knowlton, Quebec weekend retreat — their “winter room.” Scott designed the sofa and had it covered in a nubby charcoal linen and reupholstered the chair in distressed leather with a mohair seat. Black bookcases let the collection of books, objets and artwork standout.
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A neutral two-tone colour palette creates a serene, subdued feel in the 2011 Princess Margaret Showhome library. Built-in glass front cabinets blend seamlessly into the wall and display carefully stacked piles of books, curios and artwork.
These clever bookcases run the entire perimeter of this open-concept room, offering storage without cluttering up or breaking sight lines. At only 27″ tall, these open shelves are perfect for storing books and curios, freeing up concealed storage areas for less aesthetically pleasing objects. Be sure to limit the number of pieces placed on top of the bookcases to maintain the open feeling.
Unexpected lawn-green walls add bold personality to this den. The back panels of the bookshelves are painted a deep aquamarine blue for a dramatic effect. Artwork is hung on the frames of the bookshelves for an unexpected touch. Hits of red, orange and brown add warmth and play off the various wood tones in the room.
Floor-to-ceiling shelving provides enough space for countless books, objects and mementos. Add visual layers by hanging artwork in front of shelves you don’t need to access frequently. Use a sofa in a bright colour that pops against the black bookshelves behind it.
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“Graphic designer Nicole Balch, author of Making It Lovely, created an impressive at-home library by doing a full wall of simple, inexpensive bookcases with glass doors,” says Apartment Therapy‘s managing editor, Janel Laban. “By setting them up in multiples, they create much more impact and give the room a real sense of style, purpose and visual interest.”
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