Book Display Ideas

Updated Classics: Displaying Books

Discover fresh alternatives to popular design trends in our online series, Updated Classics. 

Book Display Ideas

Classic Pick: Color-blocking your book collection is a no-fail way to make a vibrant statement (it dominates Pinterest for a reason!). In this living space designed by Theresa Casey, each shelf is devoted to a single lively hue, offsetting the more sedate grey-painted shelves and paneling in the space.

Book Display Ideas

Fresh Spin: We spotted this low, spine-in display in our 2013 Small Spaces issue. By arranging her books in tight, neat stacks, homeowner Joanne Fletcher made the most of the space under her concrete bench, while placing them spine-in created a uniform wall of off-white pages — a quiet, unexpected look that we’re loving now.

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Reiko Milley
1. Donna Griffith 2. Janis Nicolay
1. Theresa Casey 2. Joanna Vagelatos and Joanne Fletcher
1. House & Home February 2013 2. House & Home September 2013
  • Lynne G. Woodman

    The “fresh spin” is dreadful. There is no beauty in the way the books are stored. Some people actually read their books. How does one make a selection from those stacks?

  • Eddie

    Storing them in this manner long term will destroy the spines of the bottom books. You should be ashamed for even suggesting it. Where’s the Canadian Library Assn when I need them???

  • Blackwood

    Pretty disappointing. Just two photos and both seem to be aimed at folks who aren’t actually interested in what’s in the books.