4 Bookshelf Decorating Ideas For Every Style

These no-fail decorating concepts from HGTV Magazine will give you major shelfie confidence.

1. You’re Golden

Attention anyone used to just a sprinkling of shiny stuff: Put the pedal to the metal! Sticking with one tone, whether it’s gold, silver or copper, is ultraglam and cohesive. Feel free to mix polished and matte finishes. No matter what the theme is, drop in quirk — we’re looking at you, brass bugle — for that personal touch.

Shelf Confidence, Shelf Confidence

Shelf Confidence, Shelf Confidence

Photo by: Philip Friedman

Philip Friedman

2. Rainbow Pop

Grouping books and objects by color is the easiest and cheeriest way to stir up a shelf, which is why we’ll never be over the rainbow. Continue one hue across two shelves and it’ll keep the look fluid (snag Roy G. Biv books at yard sales and thrift stores). It’s good to stack some upright and some on their sides, to enhance the artsy effect. Rounded finds playfully contrast the linear edges of the spines.

Shelf Confidence, Shelf Confidence

Shelf Confidence, Shelf Confidence

Photo by: Philip Friedman

Philip Friedman

3. Natural Beauties

There’s a reason stone, rattan and wood accents are hot: Mother Nature’s neutrals have a casual sophistication that relaxes any space. In a bookshelf full of them, the key is to vary the shapes, textures and tones. When you’re doing white objects on white shelves, choose chunkier types — they’ll stand out from afar. A nearby plant (this is bird-of-paradise) is an organic way to get in a little color.

Shelf Confidence, Shelf Confidence

Shelf Confidence, Shelf Confidence

Photo by: Philip Friedman

Philip Friedman

4. Around-the-World Chic

Books say a lot about a person’s interests, but the surrounding decor can really play up a passion. For a travel theme, think souvenirs and trip-y accessories or items that are iconic in far-flung locales you’ve visited — or hope to. No shame if your keepsakes were found while roaming the web!

Shelf Confidence, Shelf Confidence

Shelf Confidence, Shelf Confidence

Photo by: Philip Friedman

Philip Friedman

Next Up

Express Yo' Shelf: 3 Ways to Style Your Bookshelf

Give a simple and stylish boost to a simple set of shelves with one of these three styling trends.

Shelfies Are the New Selfies for Design Lovers

Sorry Kim K, but our #shelfie game will break the internet.

How to Make a Barrister Kitchen Organizer

Upcycle flea market finds to create exciting new pieces courtesy of the DIY experts at HGTV Magazine.

How to Make an X-Shaped Wood Magazine Rack

X marks the perfect spot for your stack of must-reads.

How to Dress Up an Old Bookcase

The DIY experts at HGTV Magazine recreated this flea market find. Here’s how you can, too.

How to Build Recessed Bookcases

This attic was updated with bright color, sparkling white trim and built-in bookcases that are often found in houses of similar age.

DIY Painted Animal Bookends

Transform everyday materials into sturdy, colorful bookends to dress up your bookshelves.

How to Make Built-in Bookshelves

Build a corner bookcase that will serve as a focal point for the room. For more great project ideas go to Rip & Renew.

How to Build Bookshelves for a Recessed Nook

Carter Oosterhouse turns an empty niche above a closet into practical storage.

Go Shopping

Refresh your home with stylish products handpicked by HGTV editors.

On TV

12pm | 11c

Flip or Flop

1pm | 12c

Flip or Flop

1:30pm | 12:30c

Flip or Flop

2:30pm | 1:30c

Flip or Flop

3:30pm | 2:30c

Flip or Flop

4:30pm | 3:30c

Flip or Flop

5:30pm | 4:30c

Flip or Flop

6:30pm | 5:30c

Flip or Flop

7:30pm | 6:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Flip or Flop

8pm | 7c

Flip or Flop

8:30pm | 7:30c

Flip or Flop

9:31pm | 8:31c

House Hunters

10pm | 9c

House Hunters

11pm | 10c

Flip or Flop

12am | 11c

Flip or Flop

12:31am | 11:31c

House Hunters

1am | 12c

Flip or Flop

3:30am | 2:30c

Flip or Flop

4:30am | 3:30c

Flip or Flop

5:30am | 4:30c

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.

Related Pages