You don’t have to be a bookworm to appreciate the benefits of a bookshelf. It not only displays favorite books, but also decorations, offers storage space and creates a feel-good atmosphere. The all-round talent thus becomes the heart of your living room in no time. In our guide, we will tell you which bookshelf ideas you use to design it or how you can build one yourself. Let yourself be inspired!
The most beautiful ideas for bookshelves
The bookshelf is considered a classic, but now the bookshelf appears in various forms. Free-standing, it functions as a room divider, adapts to individual requirements as a shelving system and decorates the wall freely suspended. Regardless of the size and layout of the room, you benefit from the advantages of a shelf!
Shape and size: there are no limits to the bookshelf
A niche or narrow shelf leaves no space unused, a bookshelf takes up the entire area. A room divider provides cosiness, a shelf system shines through adaptability. Depending on the size and shape, a shelf fulfills a wide variety of purposes. Which bookshelf ideas complement your room concept sensibly? Read for yourself!
The classic: the bookcase
An imposing bookshelf is a testament to your literacy or your taste for decoration. This is usually made of MDF or robust solid wood, available in any color and grain. Since the book wall takes up the entire wall, it has a significant influence on the spatial effect. A light bookcase is recommended for small rooms, and darker models can be used for larger rooms. Particularly beautiful: stage your bookshelf by placing LED spots along the bar.
Bookshelf as a room divider
Is your living room also your bedroom? Or is it reminiscent of a loft? In both cases, the right bookshelf can help. For a strict room separation, choose a ceiling-high model, the compartments of which you fill with books, vases and decorations. If the shelf should give the room comfort, one half way up is enough. Leave space between bestsellers and home accessories so that the room divider looks airy. With this trick you give each room an individual character and structure.
The trend piece: multifunctional shelves
Shelving systems are all-rounders: thanks to their flexibility, they can be adapted to almost any room. As plug-in shelves with modular inserts, you can even find space under a sloping roof or in a niche! Another advantage: These shelves can be expanded later. Multifunctional shelves, on the other hand, not only present books, but also clothes, CDs and even plants.
Bookshelf ideas: don’t forget the arrangement!
The open areas of a shelf offer space for creativity. It is not only what you put out on it that is decisive, but also in what arrangement.
By room: Take into account the room in which the shelf is located. Books and decorations are expected on a shelf in the living room, files and specialist literature in the home office.
By design & color: Consider ideas for bookshelf decoration that match its design. White accessories always fit and look beautiful in contrast to the black, modern bookshelf. In principle, the following applies: It looks harmonious if you limit yourself to two or three shades of color. At best, they come from the same color family. Your selection of books includes a variety of colors? Then arrange them by color! Start with light covers and line up the entire color palette. This arrangement makes the shelf look organized and well thought out.
By content: Are your books as diverse as your interests? Then sort them by topic! Another trick to find books quickly: Sort them by first letter – the title or author’s name.
Tips for bookshelves
A bookcase without baskets and drawers offers a lot of exhibition space! You can use this to tell your guests something about yourself: are you a poetry lover? Then exhibit your latest Rupi Kaur achievement! Do you prefer crime novels? Then line up old classics from Agatha Christie that you bought at the flea market. Position your favorite books frontally: by decorating your bookshelf with these ideas, it becomes a mirror of your soul.
Create contrasts: interrupt the row of books with bookends or a stack of books. With the latter, make sure that you color-match the book covers. The bookends also serve more than their original purpose: their design is a style statement. Noble marble supports with gold details adorn the book selection in the elegant reading room, golden Buddha’s hands indicate a spiritual owner.
DIY: Build a bookshelf yourself
Build a bookshelf yourself with ideas from the DIY sector: With our instructions, it’s easy! You need: a Euro pallet, a metal drill, a cordless screwdriver, a drill, a hammer and pliers.
- Step 1
First remove the footboards. Use a cordless screwdriver, a drill or a metal drill for this. Use this to drill out the nail heads until they fall off. If nails still protrude from the foot of the pallet, they must be pulled out with a pair of pliers or sunk with a hammer.
- step 2
Set the pallet upright and screw the sawn feet back on. Only sand the straight surfaces lightly, as they can cause injury from splinters.
- step 3
Design your bookshelf with a variety of decorative ideas. Enlarge the room by installing a mirror on one side of the shelf or stage it with LED stripes and fairy lights!
Looking for a new bookcase?
The new bookcase not only houses valuable reading treasures, but also contributes to the spatial effect through its design. A black metal shelf, for example, underlines the industrial charm of your living room. Its white counterpart in the form of a ladder appears friendly and offers exhibition space in the Scandi and maritime home. If the surface remains unpainted, the stand shelf in warm oak tone is a charming addition to the cozy living room and bedroom.
The combination of two materials is exciting, the combination of metal and wood is timeless. This bookshelf suits the industrial as well as the modern country look. Asymmetrical compartments in turn allow the arrangement of books and decorations of various sizes and thus ensure an eye-catcher.
In the WestwingNow online shop you will find many beautiful bookshelves in many styles! Whichever bookshelf you choose, each one is an eye catcher – not only because of its decoration, but also for its own sake!