16 Stylish Ways to Display Your Books and Art
Most of the people I know who love collecting art love collecting books just as much. Favorite books are like old friends. Bringing them along wherever you go makes any house feel like home. Finding new ways to stylishly and functionally display your best-loved books can be an interesting way to reinvent your décor and rediscover some valuable sources of creative inspiration along the way. Read on for 16 artful ways to display your library, while enhancing the visual appeal of your home and your art collection in the process.
1… If you have the space, floor-to-ceiling shelves are always an impressive way to showcase substantial collections of books and art. Arranging your books by color can be an attractive way to complement artwork displayed nearby.
2… Try hanging paintings and photos on the front of bookshelves to add visual interest and break up large collections.
3… Freestanding bookcases are another effective way to display a multitude of books, while providing plenty of space on top for showing off your most admired art and decorative artifacts.
4… Some bookshelves are works of art in themselves… Consider investing in a sculptural bookcase to make a unique decorative statement.
5… Before you pass that vintage suitcase or old crate on to a friend, try using it for a mini-library.
6… If you like making things, try creating a gallery shelf of (very) well-stacked books to exhibit some of your original artwork.
7… Pile your books into sculptural stacks to complement original art and photographs. You can gain a new place to display unique found objects, sculpture or plants while saving a little space in the process.
8… Built in bookshelves around your reading nook can make it feel extra inviting, while sunny windows only add to the appeal. Storing your favorite books under a window seat works too.
9… If you’re an apartment dweller, or just looking to maximize space, try stacking some books in a colorful arrangement under an entryway table. Giving guests a hint about what you’re interested in help create an inviting impression.
10… Intriguing coffee tables make good homes for stacks of favorite books, too.
11… Decorative fireplaces can make fantastic home libraries.
12… Covering the back of bookshelves with vibrant wallpaper adds pattern and color, and provides a striking background for your favorite small works of art.
13… Framing large artwork with a minimal bookshelf adds impact, while a shared decorative theme can help tie your art and decorative accents together for an elegant effect.
14… Mix and match small books, sculpture, art and postcards for an easy-to-update gallery wall. Book ledges are a great way to show off the covers of your favorite art books, too.
15… If you’re looking to create an intimate gallery space for books and art, consider reclaiming the nook under your stairs…
16… Or creating a small library on the stairway itself!
If you’re looking for some new art to keep your books company, explore this gorgeous collection inspired by Jonathan Franzen’s book, Purity…
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