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Amazing bookcases

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Whether you are an avid reader or not, you cannot deny how impressive a fully fledged bookshelf looks. Other than making you look instantly more intelligent (to sound cliched), a bookcase can be the talking point and feature element of a room. The shelf doesn't necessarily need to be filled with only books; it's great to be able to mix it up with trinkets, holiday memorabilia and even family photos.

The beauty of a bookshelf, as you will soon see, is that it suits a myriad of design styles and settings. This is of course, dependent on the material or shape you choose to build, however, you can rest assured that it will either blend seamlessly into its surroundings, or speak in volumes on its own. We have to admit, we are a little in love with the idea of feature bookshelves, so, we are going to take you on a little tour and show you six amazing examples of bookshelves from our homify experts.

Up, up & away

Belsize Park:   by Coupdeville

Belsize Park


A floor to ceiling bookcase is really something else. This stunning example follows you from the ground floor up, to the top of the stairs. Filled with a marvellous collection of books, exotic pieces and photo frames, this shelf becomes more like a piece of art than a storage unit. You can spend hours examining all the colours and trinkets from amazing far away places. And of course, as you collection expands, or as your taste changes, you can rest assured that you will always have plenty of room to store your new accessories

Colour coded

Modern House Interior Design, Cambridgeshire:  Houses by Residence Interior Design Ltd
Residence Interior Design Ltd

Modern House Interior Design, Cambridgeshire

Residence Interior Design Ltd

We absolutely love this colour coded example of a bookshelf. The delight of any creative or compulsively neat person, you can create a standout feature for any room just by organising your collection of books into colours. This is not only an extremely visually appealling aspect of a room, but we are sure that when you are suffering from a creative block or lack inspiration, that you can just take one look at this bookcase and have all your energies and spirits renewed!  

Industrial chic

As mentioned, the addition of a bookcase suits any style and taste. For the minimalist and industrial lovers out there, this black and white structure can house a wide range of books and collectibles. If your space is as pictured, in a study or office, the shelf can house all your awards and accolades. The exposed brick work adds a completely new dimension to the shelf, making it look as though it is bursting with books. 

Retro vibes

Richmond :  Living room by kt-id



Fulfilling yet another design style, this wooden bookshelf aids the 60s charm that oozes from the furniture. With the colour of the wood tying in perfectly with the arms of the lounges, the designers behind this scene have cleverly moulded two opposing features together. The pale green crushed velvet upholstery confirms the retro appeal of the room. This example also shows that a bookshelf does not necessarily need to be organised with precision and care to be a showstopper. Sometimes a bit of disorder can add serious charm to an already enchanting space.  

Classic charm

Shawfield Street:  Living room by Ardesia Design
Ardesia Design

Shawfield Street

Ardesia Design

An ideabook would not be complete without an elegant and classic example. Since the humble bookshelf begun in the libraries and living rooms of the wealthy, it comes with no surprise that we would see a traditionally styled space with a bookcase. As with everything, it is the finer details that make a difference. Instead of employing a highly modern frame, as seen in previous photos, the designer of this room has opted for a simple timber shelf painted in a serene shade of beige. This ties in perfectly with the sofa and cushions, creating a classy and polished setting. 

Old world

Wimbledon:  Living room by LEIVARS



Reminiscent of a scene out of the hit Disney movie 'Bed knobs and broomsticks', a bookshelf with a ladder always evokes memories of Professor Emilius Brown pushing a frustrated Miss Price around as she searches for her ever important book of spells. A ladder adds a touch of old world glamour that is rarely seen in this day and age. This particular example has been painted the same colour, and forged from the same material as the shelf. In turn, making it a beautiful and complimentary addition to a room that oozes with grace.  

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Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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