Bookcases are cool, and there’s no shortage of unique ways to decorate them, but bookcases aren’t always the best use of space. And while bookcases are a nice, traditional way to display your books, we don’t all love the idea of nice and traditional, some of us prefer a more creative approach, so we’ve come here today to inspire you to get creative with your space and your reads!
A bar cart is a great place for storing books, and we recommend doing this by taking advantage of the top shelf of your cart for storing bottles, glasses, etc. then utilizing the other shelves for small trinkets, and books, of course! Create some visual appeal by placing books both vertically and horizontally.
On the floor, But Make it Fashion
If you have a lot of books and not a whole lotta space, stacking books on the floor is a great way to utilize your space creatively. Now we definitely don’t suggest just throwing your books around, but rather creating artful stacks that can even act as small tabletops for decor if you plan your piles out right. If you’re building up from the floor, create some dimension and add color by working in plants and prints, or create tall, clean piles to heighten the walls.
Take a look at your windows and windowsills and ask yourself: could I shove some books under there? If the answer is yes, then consider lining your windowsills with your favorite reads. If you’re anything like us, that natural light hitting your favorite books will absolutely inspire you to just not worry about your responsibilities for a day and curl up with a book and a fresh cup of coffee.
If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace, then you’ve got a great place to display books; you can utilize the mantle for book, trinket, and plant storage, or books can be stacked on the hearth, or even in the firebox itself, if you don’t use it, of course. If you don’t have a fireplace, but love this idea, consider nabbing a faux fireplace at a local antique shop or flea market.
Underneath it All
Take a look around your place at your tables and seating, and consider stacking books evenly underneath these pieces. Depending on the piece you’re thinking, you can stack horizontally or vertically; creating a visual block with various colors and sizes of books create a ton of visual interest.