Reorganization is therapeutic and an easy way to change a room's perspective without spending a dime. Spines in or spines out, vertical or horizontal, gradient or colorblocked — the options for creating levels and layered configurations of books are endless.
Ahead, we found 23 inspirational Instagrams taken in stores, homes, and even libraries, all of which have us aching to take our shelfies to the next level.
Take an organizing cue from the Swedes with these front-facing stacks on stacks.
Here, the paperbacks play background to a tiny army.
If you're feeling the natural vibe, flip around all your spines for a season.
Save space and perch lamps inside your shelf.
Try a vertical mix of spines facing in and out.
Having a few books facing out adds texture.
Consider colorblocking by room.
Who needs a bookcase when you can craft a pyramid atop a table?
Take a lesson from this bookstore.
Add a strange objet — or three.
Alternate shelves with books and treasures, like the vintage cameras here.
All in the (color) family.
Floating shelves can make a dramatic statement.
Work around the architecture and keep vintage covers all grouped together.
When looking for a lived-in-home vibe, it's all about the comfortable lean.
If you have super-high ceilings, you might as well recreate the library from Beauty and the Beast.
There's nothing more soothing than a shelf full of books in earthy (and watery) tones.
See how many books you read in a year by turning around the spine each time you finish one.
Or, you could only collect neon books and set them up like dominos...?
Give each book its own cubby for some alone time.
That long, awkward hallway now has a purpose.
Show your love for authors from sea to shining sea.
High-up shelves are dramatic and just in reach.
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