If you're a book fiend like my friend Jac, you've been stocking up at Borders since the day they announced that they're going out of business. Books are one of those things that most people have a collection of but are hardly ever displayed. They're set on a bookshelf and that's it. Aside from the design of the bookshelf itself and the titles of the books within the shelf, the collector's personality isn't able to show through. Here are a few creative ways to store and display books that exude personality!
Right out of the gate a beautiful masterpiece by designer Shawn Soh. Gorgeous!
These invisible bookshelves were featured on life hacker. Aren't they awesome?! I have seen these before, but normally the bottom book gets ruined so I'm always turned off. Not this one!!! Psst... click the link, it's a tutorial!!!
Sweet mother of Pearl, I'm in love. I normally don't do this style, but it has been done so well that I can't not like it! Studio Mama you are a genius!
Take a close look... those bookshelves are RAIN GUTTERS! Amazing! I love that the shelves can be installed nice and low so that they are in reach of little hands, but my favorite part is that the colorful books become part of the decor. So cute, Sweet Cheeks Tasty Treats!
Another version I found over at Diane's Notes to Self :) Love it!
An easy way to make a huge collection of books instantly more appealing is to arrange them by color! Using this type of arrangement will draw in your guests. Instead of your collection being an eye sore it will become a focal point! And just when you thought it couldn't get more lovely...
The underside of the shelves have been adorned with whimsical wallpaper scraps. Ahhhhhh... LOVE! See more here at Apartment Therapy!
Sorting books by color means that even when you're using regular old shelves, like the simple industrial shelves pictured above, it still looks exciting! Your blog name is so appropriate, Making Life Sweeter one project at a time!
How beautiful are these old wine crates re-purposed as bookshelves?! Bailey's Home and Garden nails it!
Another great wine crate idea! Those of you who find an uncluttered house to appear empty and unloved, this one's for you! Apartment Therapy, I love you!
This one is a little pricey, but it could certainly be an easy DIY! Two coffee tables sawn in half and stacked... obviously there are other steps to make sure it's stable, but that's about it. Umbra Furniture
There are so many more awesome ways to store books. No more excuses for my ugly, haphazard collection!