Shelfies Are the New Selfies (and Here Are 25 Gorgeous Bookshelves to Prove It)
Kissy face self-portrait? No, thanks. Curated shot of your bookshelves? OH YES. Friends, meet the #shelfie—the decor lover’s happy answer to selfies of yore. And since re-styling a bookshelf is one of the easiest, most delightful ways to freshen a room, we thought we’d round up some of the very best Insta inspiration. Here, 25 impeccably stylish and inspiring vignettes—plus tips on nabbing the look in your own home.
Layered, leaning art is one of our favorite designer styling tricks.
Maximize the pretty quotient and add in your favorite flower and candle.
Keep your reads du jour easily accessible by pulling out their spines and flipping 'em forward.
Even with a minimalist palette, work in an organic pop of color. (Go ahead, put your fruit bowl on display.)
Float an antique mirror for an element of drama.
When in doubt, add big, sculptural blooms.
Carve out a nook for a tiny painting and sweet bud vase.
Wallpaper shelf interiors with a dreamy chinoiserie textile.
Place decorative objects of a like material (i.e., blond wood) on each shelf to tie them together.
Embrace a little chaos—traditional artwork and old balloons can totally cohabitate when the space is otherwise orderly.
Use unfussy greenery in simple terracotta pots to create an airy, boho vibe.
Hang a tiny shelf (for a tiny stack of choice tomes) in a forgotten corner.
Break up the shapes of your book collection with stacked archives of favorite magazines.
Go minimalist on decor, and add a few metallic accents for an ultra-polished look.
Then again, there’s something to be said for rocking a messy bookworm-and-proud display. (Just be sure to add some decorative elements as well, to make the choice look deliberate.)
Turn a low-lying bench into a proud showcase of coffee-table favorites.
Display an edited collection of natural elements, like this sculptural stack of smooth sea stones.
Consider a few small woven baskets to add warmth and provide a pretty home for any shelf clutter.
Layer in a small lamp and matching accents for a finished, almost merchandised look.
Showcase treasured collections of found items. As seen here, shells and skulls mingle surprisingly well together.
Display vintage globes to tie together a worldly cookbook collection.
Try a fresh whitewash by turning spines towards the ceiling (so that you can read them from above).
Or subtly add in pattern by displaying your prettiest napkins in a mesh bowl.
Remember: Oil paintings don’t need frames. Or to be hung on a wall, for that matter.
Simple color coordination: The loveliest trick in the book (shelf).