Home Shelving and Bookcase Designs to Try in the Hudson Valley

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Turn your shelf into a color streak worthy of any interior design magazine and bring sophisticated warmth to your Hudson Valley home.

By Michelle Gage, Houzz

Bookworms, rejoice. The options for lining your walls with books are nearly limitless. Whether you’re a stacker, sorter or color coordinator, we’ve got you covered. Learn how to leave your mark and create your best “shelfie”.

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1. Pair it with paint. Try painting the back of your bookcase to bring in a pop of color. Add a letter for your favorite initial, vases or trinkets to give it a personal touch.

2. Maximize space. Install a library wherever you can. If the wall is thin, you’ll gain shelf space without sacrificing too much square footage. It’s one of the best ways to take advantage of neglected or hard-to-decorate spaces.

3. Climb all the way up. If you want to add spectacular floor-to-ceiling shelving, make your dreams come true. Add a bookcase ladder to reach higher levels while creating a classic, cool look.

4. Mix your supports. Built-in shelves are a great way to frame a flat screen TV. He says, “Of course, I watch TV, but I also like to read too.” They are also a great way to add functionality to often wasted space.

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5. Integrate an office. A desk and your books in one place make a great duo. By leaving a flat surface in your built-in bookcase to set up a computer and space underneath to slide in a chair, you can neatly create a home office, a great asset for anyone with a hybrid or permanent work-from-home setup.

6. Add a reading nook. A window seat between two bookcases makes reading setup easy. For more storage, choose a window seat that can be opened like a large chest.

7. Add a pop of color. If you prefer white walls and furniture, you can always add color to your room by filling a shelf with colorful books. Change the books for more or less color according to your mood.

8. Highlight the corridor. If you have a wider room, lining it up with shelving frees up walls in other rooms. Try to fill all the shelves with only books to boost your bookworm status.

9. Remember that sometimes smaller is better. If you don’t have the money or the space for a large built-in bookcase, a small low shelf can do the trick. Wear it with your favorite vintage treasures. Stack books both vertically and horizontally for an effortless sense of style.

10. Be open to possibilities. If you want a less traditional look for your shelves, consider a series of open shelves. They offer just as much space for storing books, but feel lighter and tend to work well in modern homes.

11. Get the best of both worlds. Why choose between a shelf or artwork on a wall, when you can have both? Leave an opening in the wall and display artwork in it to add dimension and visual interest.


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