Copy This Look! Color Coordinate Bookshelf Decor

10 ways to curate bookshelves and liven up your home. 

Colorblock dresses and the adult coloring book trend continue to show a love for big, bright hues. You don't have to shy away from bold hues and gorgeous tones in your living spaces, either, with these zippy ideas from designers and DIY bloggers.

Kid-friendly Family Room in Bright Colors

Kid-friendly Family Room in Bright Colors

Blogger Gabrielle Blair took on the HomeGoods #MakeHomeYours challenge and created a bright, kid-friendly family room that was still stylish and sleek. On the open shelving around the fireplace, she borrowed bright colors from other areas in the room and created color blocks, using accessories and accent pieces to stripe each shelf with a different vivid hue.

Photo by: Matt Harrington/HomeGoods

Matt Harrington/HomeGoods

FIND COMFORT IN COLOR

Blogger Gabrielle Blair created a stylish and sleek family room that's kid friendly. On the open shelving around the fireplace, she borrowed primary colors from other areas in the room and created color blocks, using accessories and accent pieces to stripe each shelf with a different hue.

Color-blocked Bookshelves

Color-blocked Bookshelves

The color-blocking on these shelves, decorated by blogger Gabrielle Blair, creates a unique style filled with bold accessories that often speak to her family’s love of travel, like bright red elephant figurines from Africa.

Photo by: Matt Harrington/HomeGoods

Matt Harrington/HomeGoods

VIVID MEMORIES

The color-blocking on these shelves, decorated by blogger Gabrielle Blair, creates a unique style filled with bold accessories that often speak to her family’s love of travel, as with these bright red elephant figurines from Africa.

Built-in Blue Bookshelves with Patterned Wallpaper

Built-in Blue Bookshelves with Patterned Wallpaper

Play with pattern and color by using wallpaper on the backs of bookshelves. Interior designer Jade Joyner of Metal + Petal in Athens, Ga., loved the coral, blue and gold in this wallpaper, and paired it with a robin’s egg blue shade on the bookshelves. With so much color, she’s able to mix in white for a modern look.

Photo by: Graham Joyner, Metal + Petal

Graham Joyner, Metal + Petal

CLASSY CORAL

Play with pattern and color by using wallpaper on the backs of bookshelves. Interior designer Jade Joyner of Metal + Petal in Athens, Ga., loved the coral, blue and gold in this wallpaper, and paired it with a robin’s egg blue shade on the bookshelves. With so much color, she’s able to mix in white for a modern look.

Red Boots in Built-in Bookshelf with Wallpaper

Red Boots in Built-in Bookshelf with Wallpaper

What’s in your closet or stashed in your attic could be the next star in your decor. These boots were made for this bookshelf and its fun, eclectic aesthetic. Interior designer Jade Joyner of Metal + Petal in Athens, Ga., used these childhood boots as a personal touch with an additional jolt of color, in front of the lively wallpaper with coral hues.

Photo by: Graham Joyner, Metal + Petal

Graham Joyner, Metal + Petal

REPURPOSED RED

What’s in your closet or stashed in your attic could be the next star in your decor. These boots were made for this bookshelf and its fun, eclectic aesthetic. Joyner used these childhood boots as a personal touch with an additional jolt of color, in front of the wallpaper with coral hues and coastal influences.

Light Shelf Cubes Color Coordinated for an Airy Look

Light Shelf Cubes Color Coordinated for an Airy Look

Incorporate pops of pink in your bookshelf by using similarly colored flowers or decorative accents, says Laurel & Wolf interior designer Kimberly Winthrop. On these shelves, the California-based design firm used art pieces and florals to target bright spots of color among the white shelves and books, which they turned inward for a clean, cohesive look.

Photo by: Laurel & Wolf

Laurel & Wolf

FLORAL FLAIR

Incorporate pops of pink in your bookshelf by using similarly colored flowers or decorative accents, says Laurel & Wolf interior designer Kimberly Winthrop. On these shelves, the California-based design firm used art pieces and florals to target bright spots of color among the white shelves and books, which they turned inward for a clean, cohesive look.

Sleek Shelves Pairs with Rustic Walls for a Modern Style

Sleek Shelves Pairs with Rustic Walls for a Modern Style

Bookshelf contents can say a lot about the person. Combine books with personal knickknacks for a styled, decluttered look that is as individual as you are. “Place your favorite keepsakes or special items you collect on your travels in combination with your favorite books," says Laurel & Wolf interior designer Kimberly Winthrop.

Photo by: Laurel & Wolf

Laurel & Wolf

MAKE IT PERSONAL

Bookshelf contents can say a lot about the person. Combine books with personal knickknacks for a styled, decluttered look. “Place your favorite keepsakes or special items you collect on your travels in combination with your favorite books," Winthrop says.

Mixed Metal Bookshelf with Pink and Gold Accents

Mixed Metal Bookshelf with Pink and Gold Accents

Touches of pink dot the decor on this shelf, decorated by GordonDunning, a Decatur, Ga.-based interior design firm. By mixing the metals of the lamp, shelf and vintage bowl, the designers created a collected look that is tempered by the unifying neutrals and pinks.

Photo by: GordonDunning

GordonDunning

ROSE AND GOLD

Touches of pink dot the decor on this shelf, decorated by GordonDunning, a Decatur, Ga.-based interior design firm. By mixing the metals of the lamp, shelf and vintage bowl, the designers created a collected look that is tempered by the unifying neutrals and pinks.

Bookshelf with Asian Pottery and Art History Book Decor

Bookshelf with Asian Pottery and Art History Book Decor

Create small groupings of like items that work well together and show your personality and interest, says Clinton Rice of Clinton Rice Design in Atlanta. By varying the height of decorative objects and grouping books for dramatic pops of color, Rice created a cohesive, classic bookshelf that is still functional.

Photo by: Clinton Rice Design

Clinton Rice Design

CLASSIC COMBINATIONS

Create small groupings of like items that work well together and show your personality and interests, suggests Clinton Rice of Clinton Rice Design in Atlanta. By varying the height of decorative objects and grouping books for dramatic pops of color, Rice created a cohesive, classic bookshelf that is still functional.

Rustic Living Room with Built-Ins Decorated with Touches of Red

Rustic Living Room with Built-Ins Decorated with Touches of Red

With a neutral base and a few accent colors, you can create a color-coordinated shelf that looks intentional while still embodying your style. In this space, Cruickshank Remodeling in Georgia trailed splashes of red throughout the shelf decor — in a bowl, necklace, figurine and in groupings of books — to give the whole installment a brighter look.

Photo by: Cruickshank Remodeling

Cruickshank Remodeling

TOUCHES OF RED

With a neutral base and a few accent colors, you can create a color-coordinated shelf that looks intentional while still embodying your style. In this space, Cruickshank Remodeling in Georgia trailed splashes of red throughout the shelf decor — in a bowl, necklace, figurine and in groupings of books — to give the whole vignette a brighter look.

Vintage Living Room with Decorated Built-Ins

Vintage Living Room with Decorated Built-Ins

Grouping objects by era and color is a good place to start when you begin filling your shelves. “I like to keep my old 1930s Reader's Digest collection grouped together, and my 1950s Hardy Boys collection in one place,” says Atlanta designer Carl Mattison. He recommends filling your shelves completely, and then removing things piece by piece to give it some openness.

Photo by: Josh Vick

Josh Vick

VINTAGE VIBES

Grouping objects by era and color is a good place to start when you begin filling your shelves. “I like to keep my old 1930s Reader's Digest collection grouped together, and my 1950s Hardy Boys collection in one place,” says Atlanta designer Carl Mattison. He recommends filling your shelves completely, and then removing things piece by piece to give it some openness.

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