15 Ideas for Shelf Displays | Midwest Living

15 Ideas for Shelf Displays

Restyle a cluttered shelf with these tips for arranging and organizing books and other accessories.
  • Personalized shelves

    Label shelves so each family member can show off their style and personality.

  • DIY shelves

    Stack benches to create unique shelves, perfect for rustic accessories such as our collection of watering cans or old books.

  • Cooking nook

    Keep specialized books where you'll need them most. We stashed our favorite cookbooks on a small kitchen shelf and added accessories that complement the room's colors.

  • Artfully arranged

    If storage is not an issue, skip a purely practical bookcase and arrange a few themed items. Use coordinating colors, sentimental objects and some books for an artistic vignette.

  • Show off collectibles

    These kitchen shelves offer both storage and a decorative display for the homeowner's 400-piece pottery collection, arranged by color and style.

  • Office decor

    Shelves in this home office combine practical storage with attractive art pieces. Lower cubbies keep paper products within easy reach.

  • Traditional display

    A geometrical grouping of portraits and formal furniture sets the tone for a traditional bookcase. Books stacked horizontally, vertically and at an angle mix with a few accessories in dark colors for a subdued, formal look.

  • Cascading colors

    Create a rainbow of reading and make a statement by color-coding your shelf. If you don't have a complete rainbow, stop by a local library sale to find the missing hues.

  • Extra, extra

    Use books as a pedestal for ceramics or vases. We added two books under the smaller dish on the second shelf.

  • Wrapped up

    Bold color backgrounds call for clean, simple lines. Wrap books in brown packing paper for a warm, uniform scheme.

  • Eclectic corner

    Display your favorite plants, photos or collectibles alongside books for a pleasingly eclectic look.

  • Full effect

    Incorporate the room's theme into the shelves. Crisp white bookshelves are in keeping with the light and airy feel of this space. Favorite seashells adorn the top shelves; matching baskets and boxes organize items on the lower shelves.

  • Color and whimsy

    Bright yellow accents and fun pieces such as owl bookends add to the visual appeal of this dark bookshelf.

  • Light it up

    Illuminate your favorite books or collectibles with track lighting.

  • Corner bookcase

    Bookshelves behind couches offer reachable reads. The globe collection on the top adds a fun touch to the book-heavy shelves.

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