Four Ways to Style Your Bookcase

Seeing a wall of books can be awe-inspiring when you’re at the library. When you’re at home, sometimes you want to bring a little personality into the mix. Want to learn how to style a bookcase? Follow our guide of bookcase decorating ideas to bring those shelves to life.

Stack ’em

Books don’t always have to stand upright on a shelf. Create stacks at the end which will become makeshift bookends. Group by topic (sans the Dewey Decimal System) or put like-colored spines together for more visual interest.

Pilsen graphite gray bookcase


Gather the items that mean the most to you and put them on display. Dress it up with a statement piece from a flea market find or take your favorite sentimental photos grouped in similar frames.

Gold bookcase

Sawyer white leaning bookcase


Try coordinating items of similar hues and grouping them together for stylish bookcase decorating. Go bold with orange or a brightly colored hue to make a showstopping statement. Even a neutral like white in a black bookcase creates an impact.

Kraal cabinet
Payton brown bookcase

Tote it

Use totes or baskets to create storage space within your bookcases and house those items that just won’t sit right on the shelf.

Leaning bookcase style

Sloane grey leaning bookcases

Black modular bookcase console

How do you style your bookcase? Share a photo with us on Instagram by tagging us @crateandbarrel or using the hashtag #crateandbarrel.

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