How to Decorate a Bookshelf, According to Your Zodiac Sign

As anyone who’s attempted bookshelf styling can attest, getting your “aesthetic” down pat isn’t nearly as easy as it looks. But luckily, as ever, the stars are here to light the path. Here’s how to decorate your bookshelves in a way that speaks to your soul—in other words, according to your zodiac sign.

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Aquarius: Keep Your Bookshelf Fuss-free

January 20 - February 18

When it comes down to it, you’d rather be outside, trying a new restaurant or pretending to see an art-house indie flick. In other words: doing just about anything other than styling bookshelves. Stack ’em up neatly and call it a day.

Design: Kendall Simmons; Photography: Alyssa Rosenheck

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Pisces: Create An Art Gallery Vibe

February 19 - March 20

You're the zodiac’s premier artistic talent—and your shelfies shall reflect that, dammit. Dominate your bookshelves with ample artwork and sculpture— and draw creative inspo every time you look at it.

Design: Orlando Soria; Photography: Tessa Neustadt

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Aries: Make Your Bookshelf Multipurpose

March 21 - April 19

The most industrious sign in the zodiac never takes things at face value. And when it comes to styling, you’re just as dynamic—think: a clever bookshelf meets minibar...or music station.

Design: Tali Roth; Photography: Genevieve Garruppo

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Taurus: Decorate In A Single-tone

April 20 - May 20

As a Venus-ruled earth sign, you’re drawn to a) beauty and b) a natural palette. Your shelfie solution? Flip book spines outward or dress in uniform book jackets for a visually harmonious effect.

Design: Sean Anderson; Photography: Alyssa Rosenheck

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Gemini: Tap Into Book Lady-chic

May 21 - June 20

Blame your flighty, air sign energy, but you tend to start books and don’t always finish them. Own that truism with a shelf that declares your many whims and curiosities. The more the merrier, baby.

Design: Annouchka Engel; Photographer: Julia Robbs for Homepolish

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Cancer: Build A Photo Gallery

June 21 - July 22

As with everything in your life, friends and family are a top priority. Opt for simple, homie shelf styling...and a photos-to-books ratio somewhere in the 50/50 range.

Design: Haley Weidenbaum; Photography: Jillian Sipkins

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Leo: Style Your Bookshelf With Wallpaper

July 23 - August 22

You love to be in the limelight—and so does your home. Hyper-stylize your shelves with blingy wallpaper and lighting to make your pad camera-ready. You know, for when Vogue comes to shoot your profile.

Design: Leslie Lai; Photography: Clinton Perry

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Virgo: Go Uber-minimalist

August 23 - September 22

What bookshelf? For Virgos, visual clutter = mental clutter. Your perfectionista tendencies and hunger for productivity will be best served by ruthless decluttering, ample white space and a devotion to select tomes that truly inspire you.

Design: Orlando Soria; Photography: Tessa Neustadt

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Libra: Organize By Color

September 23 - October 21

You’re cosmically programmed to seek balance and beauty (blame your ruler, Venus), and you’re drawn to rainbow motifs as well as happy, bright hues. Group your books by spine color to sate your need for visual harmony.

Design: Jae Joo; Photography: Julia Robbs for Homepolish

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Scorpio: Keep Your Belongings Enclosed

October 22 - November 21

You're a gal shrouded in mystery, so it only stands to reason that you don’t want all your books totally on display. Tuck away your more personal tomes (hi, high school yearbook) to keep nosy visitors at bay.

Design: Alec Holland; Photography: Genevieve Garruppo

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Sagittarius: Embrace Your Many Curiosities

November 22 - December 21

Though you like to keep a “light suitcase,” you also love to collect souvenirs and talismans from your many travels. Use your shelves to highlight a few choice tomes—and all your most treasured global objects.

Design: Marc Houston; Photography: Sean Litchfield

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Capricorn: Place Your Books In Alphabetical Order

December 22 - January 19

The scholar of the zodiac needs a scholarly organization system: We mean, how else is a self-respecting type-A personality supposed to find her Faulkners when she needs ’em?

Design Jennifer Talbot; Photography Dustin Halleck

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From 2014-2019 Grace Beuley Hunt held the role of Home Editor covering interior design, styling, trends and more.