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World book day: display your books with style

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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So many books, so little time… To celebrate international world book and copyright day (yes, we realize that world book day falls in March in Britain), we are going to show you some of our most fantastic design ideas for the display and storage of books in the home.

A book display can add real personality to your house and can be both dominant or subtly incorporated into the overall interior design of it. Many of our experts have gone far beyond the norm and had some fairly wacky but beautiful ideas, while others have used traditional displays  and incorporated them into the life and sole of each room design.

Many say that you can judge a man (or woman) by the books on his shelf, so you should make your display as unique as possible; demonstrating your character and taste all in one- because as Oscar Wilde once said, your should be yourself; everyone else is taken!

Reading corner

A tucked away corner like this design from PlanW is, we think, a very personal corner of the home. Surrounded by the colours and knowledge in your favourite books and reference materiel, each book you add to shelves like these adds to your story; memories and stories, personality and projects, your life surrounding you.

The incorporation of this shelving design in the wall is a really practical use of space too. You could tuck your self away from the distractions of the day and really put your mind to use in this corner

Bespoke masterpiece

You could put money on how anyone new to this house will talk about these shelves as soon as they see them- not surprising too, considering how absolutely unique in design it is. Smooth curves and soft tones to store you favourite books on! This snail shell design comes from Mubles Flores in Spain and we think it's easily one of the most intuitive shelving designs we've ever come across.

Man's best friend

Here's another creative design from the same design team, we think it's so playful and, in a way, tastefully kitschy. The white of the shelving stands out strong against this wall and would make for a nice evening candlelight stand too. 

The question is, which books would you choose to go on there? You'd have to make it a good selection; personal and informative about yourself and what you like. 


If you're not in possession of many book, then there other ways to display them. Take a look at some wallpaper like this one above, for example. It is fairly tasteful and would make a good feature wall in a lowly lit room like a small dining room, hall enclave or study. Alternately, you could make some yourself by tearing out individual pages of old, unwanted books and spacing them out unevenly without gaps along your wall of choice with wallpaper glue. For best results try it over lining paper instead of plaster!

Sitting room retreat

Of an evening, there isn't much better than sitting by the fire with a good book and a glass of your favourite tipple. I guess one could refer to this as a modern version of the classic living room; fire place, books, feature shelves, cigars and whisky… .. but the design from Schreinerei Gürr brings this up a level. The un-backed fireplace is a unique touch that allows you to admire is from both sides as well as keep an eye on what the kids are up to on the other side.

The shelving is very fine with this one, the combinations of straights and curves draw the eyes all around; showcasing the items you would display on them. Do you have any book display ideas that have worked for you in the past? Or simply like the designs above? Then please feel free to leave comments.

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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