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Trendy Panache: Smart Ways to Decorate with Bookshelves

They say that all trends tend to eventually fade away. But that is not always the truth, and in the case of decorating with bookshelves, you can rest assured that you are picking an option that is as timeless as it is trendy. It is easy to decorate with bookshelves, and they are much more than just aesthetic additions, as they also showcase your love for books, decorative art pieces and a whole lot more! Bookshelves need not always be filled with books. From stylish ceramics and fancy china in the dining room to indoor plants that create a wall of greenery, contemporary bookshelves can offer much more than just a space to stack your vast book collection.

Smart black and white bookshelf can make most of vertical space in your home Trendy Panache: Smart Ways to Decorate with Bookshelves
Smart black and white bookshelf can make most of vertical space in your home (Image by Alex Ion / Decoist.com)

Modern bookshelves are all about modular comfort and adaptability. They come in a wide range of styles and shapes, and they vary from those that need to be fitted to the walls to the more casual standalone units. Cutting across style barriers and finding a place in almost every room of the house, here is how you can put that large and open bookshelf to use in more ways than one –

Create Boundaries with Bookshelves

This is definitely our favorite way of putting the smart bookshelf to use, and it is undoubtedly the most popular choice among contemporary homeowners as well! A bookshelf in the open plan living area can delineate space, creating a distinct boundary between the living room and the dining area or kitchen without blocking light or visual connectivity. Apart from acting as a boundary, the shelf also adds to display and storage space and gives the living area a quick style upgrade. From those open, wiry bookshelves to the more sturdy ones in wood, you can pick a selection that best fits the style of your home and the overall ambiance.

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Bookshelves need not be always filled with books
Bookshelves need not be always filled with books (Image by Alex Ion / Decoist.com)
Use the stylish bookshelf as a room divider in the open plan living
Use the stylish bookshelf as a room divider in the open plan living (Image by Alex Ion / Decoist.com)
Smart bookshelf delineates space even while connecting dining and living rooms visually
Smart bookshelf delineates space even while connecting dining and living rooms visually (Image by Alex Ion / Decoist.com)
Combine your fancy china and cool art collection with a wall of books!
Combine your fancy china and cool art collection with a wall of books! (Image by Alex Ion / Decoist.com)

A Wall of Books!

Why waste all that vertical space on offer in your living or dining room by choosing bookshelves that barely stand a few feet tall? Modern masterpieces like the one below ensure that you never have to again worry about finding space for the new bestseller at your home! These gigantic bookshelves also create a stunning backdrop in the living room and generally seem most at home in loft-style residences and industrial apartments. Throw in a library ladder or even a mezzanine-style, metallic walkway, and you have a home library / living room that would be the envy of every bibliophile.

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Stunning way to decorate your home library wall with illuminated bookshelves filled with your vast book collection
Stunning way to decorate your home library wall with illuminated bookshelves filled with your vast book collection (Image by Alex Ion / Decoist.com)
Let the wall of books become the backdrop of your living room
Let the wall of books become the backdrop of your living room (Image by Alex Ion / Decoist.com)
Smart bookshelves coupled with bottome storage units are perfect for both the dining room and the home office
Smart bookshelves coupled with bottome storage units are perfect for both the dining room and the home office (Image by Alex Ion / Decoist.com)

Snazzy and Space-Savvy Bookshelves

Most of us simply do not have enough space for a large bookshelf that either reaches all the way up to the ceiling or acts as a room divider and takes up precious square footage. In the small urban apartment, every inch of space matters, and it is slim and elegant bookshelves like those below that work best in these compact settings. With sleek shelving units, a slim frame and an ability to squeeze into the tiniest of corners, these bookshelves offer complete value both in terms of space-savvy design and cost-effective décor!

Snazzy and open metallic bookshelf is easy on the eyes
Snazzy and open metallic bookshelf is easy on the eyes (Image by Alex Ion / Decoist.com)
Space savvy bookshelf for the small living room
Space savvy bookshelf for the small living room (Image by Alex Ion / Decoist.com)
Standalone bookshelves offer both convenience and mobility
Standalone bookshelves offer both convenience and mobility (Image by Alex Ion / Decoist.com)
Home office open bookshelf offers plenty of display space
Home office open bookshelf offers plenty of display space (Image by Alex Ion / Decoist.com)

Living Room Hub

Clubbing the bookshelf with the entertainment unit might be nothing new or revolutionary, but it is a tried and tested method that never fails. Apart from saving space, this approach also gives your living room or family room a curated and elegant vibe, even while ensuring that the television still remains the focal point of the setting. Repeat the style of the bookshelf or its finish elsewhere, and you are all set…

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Combine your bookshelf with the living room entertainment unit in the small living room
Combine your bookshelf with the living room entertainment unit in the small living room (Image by Alex Ion / Decoist.com)
Combine your modern entertainment hub with the bookshelf
Combine your modern entertainment hub with the bookshelf (Image by Alex Ion / Decoist.com)
Plan for a bookshelf around the TV for that classic living room
Plan for a bookshelf around the TV for that classic living room (Image by Alex Ion / Decoist.com)

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