Brilliant Styling Ideas For Modern Bookshelves

The versatility of bookshelves goes beyond the multitude of different styles and types that you get to choose from. Modern bookshelves in particular are great at blending looks and functionality in the sense that they not only turn the books and other items that they hold into decorations but the shelves and the units themselves often look beautiful and sculptural. This allows them to stand out and to serve as potential focal points for the spaces they’re a part of.

Wall-mounted bookshelves are just right when you're looking for a way to fill an empty wallView in gallery
Wall-mounted bookshelves are just right when you’re looking for a way to fill an empty wall
If you want the shelves (or any piece of furniture) to blend in, match it to the wall behind itView in gallery
If you want the shelves (or any piece of furniture) to blend in, match it to the wall behind it
A large wall bookcase with multiple compartments it great for organizing your collectionView in gallery
A large wall bookcase with multiple compartments it great for organizing your collection

There are generally two main types to choose from: wall-mounted shelves and standalone units. Each has its set of pros and cons. For instance, wall bookshelves might give a space an open feel but they’d be fixed in place while freestanding bookshelves would be more flexible but also more robust. In both cases, the bookshelves would be practical not just because they provide extra storage space but also because they make it easy to organize the items, whether it’s books, collectibles, board games, files, boxes or something completely different.

Add accent lighting to your bookcase for a subtle yet dramatic impactView in gallery
Add accent lighting to your bookcase for a subtle yet dramatic impact
Multiple individual modules put together can be a fun alternative to the regular bookcase unitView in gallery
Multiple individual modules put together can be a fun alternative to the regular bookcase unit
Bookcases are also great for storing and organizing documents and office suppliesView in gallery
Bookcases are also great for storing and organizing documents and office supplies
A freestanding bookcase can double as a room divider in certain contextsView in gallery
A freestanding bookcase can double as a room divider in certain contexts
A combination of open and closed compartments is ideal when it comes to bookcases and storage units in generalView in gallery
A combination of open and closed compartments is ideal when it comes to bookcases and storage units in general
Custom bookcases can be designed to perfectly fit in a designated space and to complement it just rightView in gallery
Custom bookcases can be designed to perfectly fit in a designated space and to complement it just right
Use a freestanding, open shelving bookcase as a space divider between the lounge area and the kitchen or the dining roomView in gallery
Use a freestanding, open shelving bookcase as a space divider between the lounge area and the kitchen or the dining room
Wall-mounted bookcases come in all shapes, sizes and styles so there really is one for each type of spaceView in gallery
Wall-mounted bookcases come in all shapes, sizes and styles so there really is one for each type of space
Long, horizontal bookcases can put an emphasis on a room's overall size and layoutView in gallery
Long, horizontal bookcases can put an emphasis on a room’s overall size and layout

With so many different types of bookshelves to choose from, not to mention the option of custom-built units, it should be relatively easy to find the one that’s just right for the space you have in mind. Still, it’s easy to get lost in all the details when you see a cute tree bookshelf, a rustic ladder unit and sculptural module and just can’t decide which you like best. At the end of the day, you just have to follow your heart.

It's possible to combine several individual modules to put together a large bookcaseView in gallery
It’s possible to combine several individual modules to put together a large bookcase
These sleek wire shelves have a chic industrial look and maintain an open and spacious feel throughout the roomView in gallery
These sleek wire shelves have a chic industrial look and maintain an open and spacious feel throughout the room
There are many different uses for a bookcase so it's really fun to be creative in this senseView in gallery
There are many different uses for a bookcase so it’s really fun to be creative in this sense