25 Home Designs for Book Lovers


March 3 is World Book Day! If you've got any kids in the family, you’ll know it’s a global celebration of books and reading – and an excellent opportunity to dress up. The aim of this wonderful day is to encourage children of all ages, in over 100 countries around the world, to appreciate reading.

We wanted the adults join in the fun too, so we’re celebrating the beauty of books in our own little way. Here are 25 unique ways to decorate with books at home.


1. Book Headboard

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Sweet dreams are made of this: a DIY book headboard. It’s quite simple to recreate, just glue open books onto an inexpensive piece of wood or board and prop up behind the bed. The perfect use for old charity shop finds.


2. Book Side Table

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This revolving side table doubles as a stylish home for your favourite books. It’s a library on wheels, perfect for hunkering down with a cup of tea and a tome. This one is made from a re-purposed cable spool but you could ‘hack’ any piece of furniture to create your own.


3. Reading Nook

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How many of us dream of an entire corner dedicated to books and reading? This little nook is just a simple daybed and some custom built shelves but it looks incredible. You don’t need heaps of space to create your own reading nook – just a little vision and creativity.


4. Book Sculpture

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This awesome vertical bookshelf almost gives the effect of a paperback sculpture. It’s a really unique way to display your books – and because the shelf is narrow but tall, it doesn’t take up too much floor space!


5. Corner Library

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Making use of an awkward corner in the most stylish way possible! These shelves are custom built to fit the space, even taking into account the window. Pop a big, comfy chair in front of those shelves and you have something approximating perfection.


6. Invisible Bookshelf

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An optical illusion and a handy storage solution; these books look as though they are floating in mid-air. Here’s a great tutorial if you want to make your own.


7. Bookish Staircase

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These beautiful natural wood bookcases are built around the stairs. It’s another great use of space, giving an area that would normally be neglected a chance to shine. We love the idea of grabbing a new book on the way to bed.


8. Floating Bookshelves

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Forget wallpaper and paint; decorate your walls with books (without even ruining a page)! These hanging shelves are the perfect solution to limited floor space and they give a fresh, modern look to the room.


9. Tower of Books

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This incredible tower of books isn't an art installation or clever trick of the eye – it’s the real deal! It may look impractical but it has been cleverly designed so you can remove a book without causing the whole tower to crumble.


10. Colour Coordinated

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Don’t settle for alphabetising your books – colour-coordinate them and create this beautiful rainbow effect instead. It’s a simple styling trick that will make your book collection stand out for all the right reasons.


11. Mix and Match

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No one said bookshelves were just for books; add a few favourite treasures to give your shelves some personality. Mix in ornaments, family photographs and cool trinkets from your travels for a laid-back, eclectic vibe.


12. Diagonal Shelving

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Bookshelf design with a difference! Create an on-trend look with these geometric beauties. As practical as they are pretty; they’ll be the centrepiece of any room. Also of note: honeycomb shelves.


13. The Cupboard Under the Stairs

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We couldn’t talk about books without sneaking in a Harry Potter reference. A glorious alternative to Harry’s grim and depressing bedroom under the stairs, these shelves are another example of creative space-saving.


14. Home Library

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This bookcase wraps around the corner to give you as much shelf space as possible. What we particularly like about this look is the way in which the books have been stacked in different ways. Some are displayed vertically, while others are propped on their side or at an angle. It gives visual interest to a rather standard bookshelf.


15. Victorian Drama

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Fancy the kind of mysterious home library only ever described in old books? You’ll need a collection of vintage tomes, some black painted shelves and a library ladder. Bonus points for dark leather chairs, and a selection of old globes.


16. Unusual Storage

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Run out of shelf space? Think outside the box like Nina, who painted an old ironing board red and used it to display books in her dining room. We love the creativity here - and that she chose red books to match!


17. Simple Shelving

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This is a lesson in going back to the basics. These beautifully styled shelves keep it simple; a few books, a handful of ornaments and a piece of art propped on top. You probably already have everything you need to create this timeless look.


18. Corner Office

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Built-in shelves are a great way to make use of any alcoves in a room. These shelves are painted the same colour as the wall so as to create a nice visual flow and let the green accent wall really pop.

A matching desk beneath the shelves creates a stylish – and inspiring – workspace. It’s tucked away in an alcove, but isn’t small and cramped like some home offices.


19. Working the Angles

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This bookcase under the stairs is throwing some serious shapes! It’s an ultra modern take on under stairs storage. Rather than hiding or trying to blend in any of those sharp edges, the design makes a feature of them. The rainbow coloured books look beautiful against all the white too!


20. Modular Modernism

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Imagine human-sized Lego bricks. Now imagine you can use those Lego bricks to design and build furniture that perfectly suits your need. That’s almost exactly how this shelving system works.

Simple to put together and easy to take apart, the idea of modular furniture is that you can reuse and reshape it as many times as you want. It’s essentially the cool older brother of flat-pack - with much more functionality.


21. Boho Brilliance

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This beautiful home library has a really welcoming bohemian vibe. It’s full of personality and lived-in charm. But the stand-out feature is definitely those painted bookshelves, the white frames really pop against the red.

Oh, and if you've fallen in love with that vintage leather sofa, you’ll find an almost identical one right here.


22. Kitchen Collection

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Bookshelves in the kitchen? Who’d have thought it! But in reality, this is a really practical way to display cookbooks and the like. Add some beautiful crockery and delicious bowls of fruit amongst the books for a gorgeous kitchen display.


23. Split the Room

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An open bookcase like the one pictured above makes an excellent room divider! Use it to separate living and dining areas, or prevent squabbles by splitting the kids’ bedroom in half. Let the bookcase feel like a natural part of the space by using shelves that match the walls.


24. Modern Classics

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Let your bookcase join the ranks of such greats as To Kill a Mockingbird, Animal Farm and Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

If you favour modern minimalist design, opt for a sleek number like this one to house all your books. The high-gloss finish gives an air of luxury to this sophisticated shelving unit.


25. Books as Furniture

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Faux vintage books have been used here to create a stunning piece of furniture. You can make your own quite easily; just stack and glue old books for the base, then attach a glass pane (as here) or a piece of wood for the table top. It’s a really unique way to show your appreciation for the written word.



Happy World Book Day to you all! We hope you found some inspiration in this list of designs for book lovers. Which one was your favourite? Let us know in the comments!

Posted in Accessories, Interior Design, Lifestyle, Soft furnishings on 3rd Mar 2016


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