Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Bookcase Displays

How do you display items on a bookshelf so that they are both organised and appealing?

I love this display from The White Shed, but I have too many books for such a simple display.

This one is all books - pretty and practical. 

Source: houzz.com via Stylish on Pinterest

I like the use of photos in this one.

This one is done by colour.  Ive also seen shelves where the books are turned to show the white pages rather than the spine.  This helps the shelf look neater but how do you find the book you're after?  I'm too practical for that.

This bookcase has both vertical and horizontal piles of books that are broken up with interesting display items and photo frames.

Source: bhg.com via Kara on Pinterest

Here Martha Stewart has hidden everything in boxes and files to create a uniform look.  Probably a bit too matching?

Here's another example of vertical and horizontal books broken up with memorabillia and photos. 

 I think this is the key for me to create my bookcase display.  Let's see how it goes.


  1. Great post Kylie...lots of inspiration! I'm forever struggling on how to make our bookshelf look appealing.
    Cas x

  2. I think a bookcase is one of the hardest items to get the balance just right. I personally love bookcases that have different back grounds peaking through the bits and books although my own looks like a dumping ground - good luck with yours :)

  3. I am with you, I have way too many books. I love the idea of your second image...a gallary of books. Thanks for sharing. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

  4. Thanks for the photos Kylie - I've just this past weekend downsized from two 6'foot tall ikea bookshelves (that were falling apart), to one single, though slightly wider one. As a result, my reasonably uncluttered shelves are now appearing cluttered again. I was just about to start another book cull (which is probably due anyway), but can now peruse these pictures to try and get some ideas for improving that little corner of my home. I have to admit, I did change from arranging books by genre to arranging by colour late last year and I love how that looks!


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