Styling out bookcases might be one of our favorite “jobs” over here at EHD and we are definitely no stranger to filling them up with beautiful things. We’ve taught you how to style them in a few easy steps, what not to do with them, how to style 1 bookcase 4 ways and even showed you how I built mine. But, being the best bookcase stylist in the world won’t get you very far if you don’t have a good bookcase to get you started. So, today we have pulled together some of our favorites in three different sizes: small/accent, wide, and tall. And we have got some tips and tricks to styling each to get you started.
Let’s start with small or accent bookcases. These work great in kids rooms, playrooms, a reading nook, or if you are looking to add a little bit of storage to somewhere that doesn’t have the room for a larger bookcase. Because of their small size, you can get a little more adventurous with color, carving, style or details. A few rules with these guys – as they are smaller you will want to visually break it up on the shelves with some decorative items so that your eye has some room to move around visually. Or, if you need them to house a lot of books then try breaking up the repetition by stacking books both horizontally and vertically.
1. Teal Bookcase | 2. Azure Bookcase | 3. Cube Unit Bookcase | 4. Montego 2 Shelf Bookcase | 5. Sadler Shelf Table | 6. Vintage Steel 2 Bin Bookcase | 7. Windham Shelf Bookcase | 8. Millsboro Bookcase | 9. Brass Periodical Shelf | 10. Knox Bookcase | 11. Kallax White Bookshelf | 12. Alto Bookcase | 13. Toscana Bookcase | 14. Darley 4 Cube Bookcase | 15. Sift Gunmetal Tower | 16. Mr Brown Fontana Bookshelf | 17. Ariel Bookcase | 18. PS 17 Shelf | 19. Deal Circular Bookshelf | 20. Jamese Bookcase | 21. Dover Bookcase | 22. Gold and White Accent Shelf | 23. Hiya Bookshelf | 24. Green Carved Wood Bookshelf | 25. Anderson Bookcase | 26. Metalwork Bookcase
I love #2 and we used it in our tween bedroom makeover. We have #5 coming up in a living room reveal soon and the proportions are great. #11 is always a good option for price and scale and #3 is so much fun for a kids room to help them stay organized.
Moving onto Tall and Narrow bookcases. These are great contenders for a living room, dining room, or even bedroom if you have a little bit more room and need some storage. Because of their size and shape these can be a little bit intimidating when you go to style them out, but placing some large scale items on the shelves amongst the books will help you fill in the space without it feeling too heavy or too cluttered. You will also want to steer clear of anything too bitsy or tinket sized as it can start looking unorganized and busy. If you do have smaller items that you want to display then try and keep them in collections so that they visually don’t get lost. I am talking to you miniature shoe hoarders of America.
I do have a bone to pick with shelf-makers of America (like the one above) – we need more sides/support on our shelves so we don’t have to use quite so many bookends to keep the books erect. Even some simple crosses would do the job and keep those kids books from sliding off and onto the floor.
Or if reading is not your thing then you can scrap the books altogether and throw some pretty objects up there like we did for Sylvia’s makeover. Either way – here are some big and tall ones:
1. Easmor Leaning Bookcase | 2. Onni Baookcase | 3. Stairway Wall Mounted Bookcase | 4. Parsons Tower | 5. Englewood Bookcase | 6. Gracie Bookcase | 7. Gabby Keaton Etagere | 8. Emerson Bookshelf | 9. Acrylic Leaning Bookshelf | 10. Berlin Cube Unit Bookcase | 11. Cabot Bookshelf | 12. Sauder Boutique Etagere Bookcase | 13. Columbia Etagere Bookcase | 14. Lattice Etagere | 15. Industrial Modular Bookcase | 16. Gold Etagere | 17. Wood and Metal Bookcase | 18. Levi Off White Bookcase | 19. Gentility Vallecito Bookcase | 20. Vittsjo Bookcase | 21. Parkway Bookcase | 22. Dublin Stackable Shelving Unit | 23. Thoroughly Modern Bookcase | 24. Darley Bookcase | 25. Dimond Vanguard Bookshelf | 26. Havenhurst Etagere | 27. White Campaign Bookcase
If luxe and glam is your style then #26 would be very happy in your home, or if you want things a little more simple and streamlined then #4 is such a good option. We used it in Charlie’s nursery and it was a great place to house all his toys and books (if you have bookends). I also really love #24 from Target which we used in the above picture for Sylvia’s living room makeover.
Last but not least we have our wide bookcase category. These ones work great for entry areas, behind a couch, if you want to display a large piece of art above them (or a TV to watch Corinne’s next move on the Bachelor – anyone else enjoying her antics as much as we are?), or if you have a large wall to fill up. The rules for styling these is similar to styling a vertical shelf although with these you will want to keep most of your books standing vertically so that you don’t have too much horizontal going on what with the horizontal books and the horizontal bookcase. If you are placing it in an entry area then throw a large circular mirror above it or an over scale piece of art and you instantly have a functional and beautiful place to house your books and throw your keys.
1. Prudence Bookcase | 2. Mobi Shelf | 3. Brooklyn Short Bookcase | 4. Wellesley Short Bookcase | 5. Musetta Asymmetrical Bookcase | 6. Carter Shelf | 7. Compartment Bookcase | 8. Fulton Street White Bookcase | 9. Graham Java Low Bookcase | 10. Dovetail Carson Wall Unit | 11. Orion Black Metal Small Shelf | 12. Eastgate Etagere Bookcase | 13. Wrightwood Bookcase | 14. Dovetail Davies Sofa Table | 15. Rikard Bookcase | 16. French Short Storage Cubby | 17. Blue and Natural Bookshelf | 18. Emerson Bookshelf | 19. Noir Burlap Shelf | 20. Darcy Skye Console Bookcase | 21. FJÄLKINGE Bookcase | 22. Mini Library | 23. Lacquer Storage Bookcase | 24. Mount Bonnell Bookcase | 25. Concord Bookcase | 26. Lathom Bookcase | 27. Haven Low Bookcase
#22 will always be one of our favorites for a nursery area (like we used in the Spanish California styled nursery above or in the Neutral California Nursery), #5 is a fun and modern version to keep things feeling light, #18 is great if you need both open and closed storage areas, and if you are needing to display some larger items then #12 is a really good contender and very similar to what we used in this living room.
Are there any that you have tried and love that we missed from the roundup? We would love to hear of some of your recommendations below or if you have tried any of these before that you can speak honestly about. Happy styling folks, and let us know what roundup you would love us to pull together next.