Okay, so you’ve got books now, but where do you put them? Or more importantly—how will you arrange them?! A bookshelf isn’t just a place to put books. The way you decorate it can make your whole room—it’s a chance to make a STATEMENT. Your precious jewels need to be both safe and aesthetically placed in a way that fills your book nerd heart up with pride. So let’s get started. Here are 8 ways to arrange an aesthetically pleasing bookshelf.
1. Mix it up and add some green!
Talk about aesthetics. Bookshelves don’t have to house only books. Got a green thumb? Mix it up and add some greenery to your shelves! Bring the books back to their ‘paper comes from trees’ roots and decorate them amongst these natural accouterments. For those of you that are worried about keeping them alive, we recommend starting off with succulents—they are excellent starter plants.
2. Get an unconventional bookcase!
How about switching up the bookcase game? This may look like a lot of work, but mounted bookcases can come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Take this one, for example! Imagine being able to sort all your YA books by where they take place? Imagine how jealous all your book nerd friends will be when it’s done and looks amazing!!
Color me, well, all the colors. The entire rainbow is your oyster, and there’s no reason not to let your inner artist fly! Arranging by color is our go-to, with a little touch of author-sorting here and there. Hey, we like to keep series together. That’s not our fault. But a colorful bookshelf can give any room such a refreshing look that we can’t help it. Whether it’s a spectrum or a splash, we recommend diving headfirst into this colorful world!
4. Add a book ladder
Honestly, if you can get a book ladder, get a book ladder. You can frame your doors, your book shelves, or whatever the heck else you want and it will look classy AF. Plus, just standing on one of those beauties can give us major Beauty and the Beast vibes. And they’re practical! How else would we get to all those books stashed up top?!
5. Turn your books out!
We know that YA books have some of the best book covers around, and there’s no reason you should need to hide those! Turn out your faves for the world to see; they’ll provide a nice break from the still-beautiful spines, and grab even more attention!
6. Skip the shelves!
Now some of you might be asking, “But what if I don’t even have a bookshelf to style?” We feel you. Bookshelves aren’t always cheap. Especially when you have to buy a bunch of them just to fit all the books you own. And yeah, sure, maybe then we could just stop buying books, but you know what? We don’t need that kind of negativity in our lives. Basically, this is an easy way to give your books that aesthetic-book-Instagram worthy feel and maybe not have them covering every inch of your floor.
7. Style your TBR piles!
What's a weekend without a visit to one of my favorite bookstores in the world? There's something about the way the books in this store are sometimes perilously stacked, the impractical height of the shelves for efficient perusal, the haphazard categorization of titles that absolutely charm me every time I visit. Each time I walk in, I know I will never find the exact book I'm looking for, but I'm just as sure that I'll be walking out with something else I didn't even know I needed but now can't live without.
Sometimes we run out of room on our shelves. Sometimes we’re just too lazy to really organize them. And you know what? That’s okay. Curate these piles into your actual TBRs! Then as you make your way through them you can figure out another place to style them. Maybe on a shelf. Maybe against the wall. Practical and efficiently chic.
8. Spines in!
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Who doesn’t like a little mystery? This vague yet chic approach is perfect for piquing your guests’ curiosity and having them wander over to see what’s hiding. Be ready to *actually* explain what the books are about though. Unless this is all for show. Then this is peak minimalistic design and we envy your bookish budget.
We hope all of these were the perfect amount of aesthetic for you. Now go arrange your books in beautiful ways and #bless our feeds by tagging us in your posts!
How do you arrange your bookshelves? Let us know in the comments below!