Are your bookshelves overflowing with titles that you can’t seem to comb through and find what you need? Or perhaps you have a few open spots on your shelves and you’re looking for ways to make them more visually appealing. There are different ways to organize your books, add decor, or even invest in a new bookshelf to change the look of a room. At Chicago Living, we offer modern home furnishings like bookshelves in a variety of styles to fit your lifestyle. We also offer a variety of trendy home decor to add interest to your shelves and the walls of your home.
Make Your Library The Focus
If you own what is basically your own personal library, you need to find a way to organize your titles in a way that works for you. This doesn’t necessarily mean creating a Dewey Decimal System to find your favorite cookbook, but your books should have some sort of order that is either visually appealing or is organized logically — or perhaps both! Ways that you can organize your books include:
Alphabetically: You’ll be able to find every title as long as you can remember the name.
By genre: You can put your fiction and non-fiction books on different shelves and create subcategories from there.
By color: This is more visually appealing than anything, but if you like the organization of color more than the ease of finding a title quickly, this type of organization works great.
Chronologically: This type of organization works well if you have old classics you want to highlight separately from your collection of contemporary young adult novels. “Chronologically” could also mean the order in which you purchased your books.
Autobiographically: Organize your books by the story of your life. If you have certain books that always help you through difficult times, group those together. If you have novels that remind you of family, put those together. This type of organization is based entirely on your personal memories and feelings.
When your shelves are packed tightly, it helps to have modern home furnishings that offer a lot of shelving and provide adequate support for your collection. The Gaines Bookshelf is perfect for storing your personal library while remaining sleek and trendy. The glass shelves create a minimal look, while the stainless steel bars of the frame give it an industrial, modern look. Organize your book collection any way you like on this striking bookshelf.
Keep It Simple
For a more modern look, keep the items on your bookshelf limited. The sleek, minimal look lends itself to highlighting statement pieces — whether it’s a first edition novel, an antique vase, or even the bookshelf itself. The key is to leave shelves sparse in order to make each shelf a point of focus for decorations, book collections, plants, or the structure of the shelves.
The Ramble Bookshelf is perfect for this modern style of organization. The shelf is built to create a fluid sense of movement as you follow its design from one shelf to the next. The shelves are supported by polished steel that also provides a metallic sheen and point of interest. The winding shelves are available in two finishes: white or a walnut-grained veneer. The sturdy fiberboard of this bookshelf can hold your favorite novels, accent pieces, and delicate air plants or succulents for a modern, minimal look.
Add Some Whimsy
If you’re a person who’s looking to add a playful look to your otherwise utilitarian shelving, try updating your bookshelf to a unique and fun design. The Whim Large Table or Bookshelf features a variety of unique sizes and shapes of shelving. The entirely organic shapes provide cubbies for different book collections, decorations, and memorabilia.
Choose from three different colors when you add this statement piece to your living room or office. The white color is classic and will go with almost any style of furniture. Choose the bright green or orange if you’re looking to add some additional playfulness to your room.
Whether you’re looking to organize your heaps of books, wanting to create a well-designed and striking space, or you’d rather make your bookshelf the statement piece itself, Chicago Living has everything you need. Choose from a variety of modern home furnishings to organize your shelves and create conversation in your home.