How to Style Your Bookshelves, 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 style your bookshelves in a way that speaks to your soul—in other words, according to your zodiac sign.
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.
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
GEMINI: Book Lady-Chic
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
CANCER: PHOTO GALLERY
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
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
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
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
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
SAGITTARIUS: CABINET OF CURIOSITIES
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
Capricorn: Alphabetical order
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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