10 Beautiful Bookshelves You’ll Envy

Happy mid-week, Savvy Readers! Now, I’m sure I don’t have to remind any of you of that one particular scene in Beauty and the Beast that won every bookworm’s heart.

Who am I kidding, I’m going to remind you anyway because it’s just that good.


Most important part of the movie, am I right? Even as a tiny child I knew that library was all I ever wanted in the world.

So with that in mind, I’m going to share some other swoon-worthy bookshelves today. And if you read to the end, there might even be a surprise! (It won’t be as good as an entire library, but I’m trying.)



We love the rainbow bookshelves appearing all over pinterest, tumblr, and Instagram. If I didn’t arrange my books (sort of) by author/genre, I’d be tempted to try it myself! Especially when I look at this picture. These gorgeous, gradient shelves are the most impressive colour-coordinated shelves I’ve seen yet!

For the Minimalist


But if you prefer the opposite end of the spectrum, you’ve got options too. There’s something so elegant and grown-up (in the best way!) about these monochromatic shelves with the occasional brass accent. Shelving the books spine-in is an interesting aesthetic choice that I don’t think I’ve seen before!

Visual Interest


This display requires some serious curating, but you can’t deny its impact. Eclectic, playful editions of these classics whose spines create little pieces of artwork speak to your great taste – in reading material and décor. Win-win!



If you want to take themed bookshelves to the next level, look no further than this brilliant Harry Potter themed shelf. For so many bookish people, Harry Potter was the first series of books we really loved, so it’s totally appropriate to pay tribute to it with an entire bookshelf. Of course, you could extend this idea to virtually any fandom you want. Sky’s the limit!

For the adventurer


Want to bring the outdoors in? This bookshelf built around a weathered tree trunk is the perfect way to do it! It also makes great use of a corner, and creates an inviting setup to curl up and read in.

Return to nature


If you’re feeling really ambitious, you can take the last idea a step (or more) further and add a beauty like this to your space. It will take some work, but final piece is so worth it, right? I love drama of the branch’s silhouette against the wall, and the simplicity of the glass shelving for the books.

Music to our ears


Continuing to think outside the box, this piano lid-turned-bookshelf is one of the most creative shelves I’ve seen. Not only is it perfect for a music-lover, it has a unique shape and I love that it breathes new life into an old piano. Genius!

Beauty and Brains


This bookshelf is perfect for someone who wants to add a little extra luxury to their library. The idea to combine the functionality of a shelf with the beauty of a picture frame is so clever. Of all the shelves featured so far, this might be the one I’d most like to duplicate. My only question is… where do you find a frame that size?!

Seeing Stars


Everything about this cluster of starburst shelving screams style. Grouping several of these pieces together makes for such a beautiful accent wall (that totally exists in my imaginary dream apartment.) But if this looks like a complex or difficult setup, never fear! I also found something very similar…

For the DIY Champion


After looking for a little while at this amazing shelf I realized… it’s made entirely of individual square shelving units. For a handy person with a little determination, it’s probably a doable project! And who wouldn’t want to make this happen?

And finally, here’s the surprise I promised up at the start…

My Shelfie (for real)


I’m only sharing the top two shelves of my bookshelf, because the rest don’t qualify as beautiful, exactly. They qualify as a mess. But the art of the beautiful bookshelf is something I’ll always love and aspire to, even if I can’t quite execute it.

What about you? How do you like to organize your bookshelves? Are they beautiful too? Feel free to share your own savvy shelfies with us, either in the comments below or by tweeting a photo @SavvyReader.

Happy curating,


3 thoughts on “10 Beautiful Bookshelves You’ll Envy

  1. Mine more resembles a mad jumble squeezed in and overflowing. One of them actually collapsed a few months ago, which is the point when I realised I’d better start giving some of my books away.

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