Get Creative with books.
When styling bookshelves, many folks fall into “library mode,” but remember – this is your personal library! You can display your books however you want, including allowing their formal properties to inspire the way you display them.
One really effective way to give your books more visual punch is to group them by color or color family. In this display, we grouped blue, green, navy, black, and violet books together. The cool tones harmonize with each other and create a nice contrast with the warm wood of the display cabinet.
You could also try this method with colorblocking, creating a rainbow effect, or grouping all of the books with pastel, jewel tone, or primary colors together. If you have a collection of beautifully-printed and bound books, you’ll probably want to show them off; however, you can also make your book collection work with your design goals by adding dust jackets in whatever color you like.
Here you can also see another important element of well-styled shelves: levels! By stacking some books horizontally and using them to elevate certain items within the display, you can not only add visual interest but also fill the space more fully.