Some ideas for decorating bookshelves are showcasing collections, combining books with a work space for an academic vibe and placing books behind a clear glass door for a polished look. Other ideas include arranging books by color, alternating rows of books with other accessories like cooking pots or potted plants and ordering books by author or genre.
When decorating bookshelves, take the surrounding room into consideration. Living room bookshelves might be accessorized with favorite novels or classic collections, unique antiques, vases and even a small radio, while children's bookshelves might contain children's stories in the center and have stuffed animals on the ends, notes Real Simple.
Bookshelves in studies and home offices can be combined with a work desk to create a studious appearance. Place a desk against the wall and add one or more shelves above the desk. Shelves can hold books and containers with accessories, like folders, files, paper and pens.
Bookshelves can highlight special collections too. This entails arranging books to leave room in front or on the ends of shelves for special items like butterflies, coins, seashells and other items. This approach organizes a collection and dresses up the bookcase, according to Elle Decor.
A paint makeover is a simple but dramatic way to improve a fading, tired bookcase. Paint the interior a bright, bold color that draws attention and makes books stand out. Coat the inside with a color several shades darker than the room's paint color to give shelves depth and showcase books. Cover old bookcases with painted panels for a clean, polished look that preserves book storage space.