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4 Ways to Accessorize Your Bookshelf

Give your shelf a makeover with these four handy ideas


Bookshelves are not just for books! You can also display unexpected items that are unique and eye-catching. Let these four styling ideas guide you in accessorizing your reading space.

Photographed by Miguel Nacianceno.

Utilize indoor plants

Indoor plants are functional pieces that can add a natural aura to any home. Try putting succulents in between books for a well-designed book case. 

RL Tip: Place your indoor plant in a colorful pot to create contrast.

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Display photos.

Create a simple yet personalized bookshelf by placing framed photos of your loved ones. You may also place an artwork within rows of books by adding a special niche for it.

RL Tip: Try placing black and white photos inside chic frames for a classic art gallery style.

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Showcase artworks.

Reveal your creative side by displaying paintings or sculptures with your book collection. You can also hang your favorite art inspirations to liven up your shelf.

RL Tip:  Stack a few books that are the same size to build a platform. Then, flank each side with to make a frame, and then nestle a small sculpture inside.

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Add unique bookends.

Bookends serve as great support pieces for your books so it won’t fall off your shelf. Personalize your shelf by adding a bookend that complements your room’s overall style.

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