25 Rooms with Stylish Built-In Bookshelves

Turn blank walls into an organized masterpiece.

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Shelves are an easy way to elevate the design of any blank wall while maximizing storage space. Take it to the next level with floor-to-ceiling, built-in bookshelves where you can not only organize your precious possessions, but display your personal style through travel knick-knacks, artwork and beyond. Get inspired to stack, straighten and arrange with these swoon-worthy built-in shelves from .

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Meghan Beierle-O'Brien
Professional and Organized Shelving

Lay all books horizontal for a clean and uniform look.

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Michael J. Lee Photography
With a Pop of Color

Go bold with bright-colored paint.

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Angie Seckinger
Modern and Feminine

Style all-white pottery for a curated design.

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Julie Soefer Photography
Travel-Inspired

Use gallery-style lighting to show off your personal items.

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Fritz von der Schulenburg
With Crown Molding

Line an office's walls with bookcases for a studious aesthetic.

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Julie Soefer
Open and Closed

Incorporate both open and closed shelves so you can keep personal items tucked away.

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Peter Margonelli
Dark and Masculine

Opt for warm walnut wood to create a cozy space.

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Karen Fuchs
Row and Column

Consider a mix of vertical and horizontal shelves to guide the eye through the space.

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Double Take

Design two wall-to-wall units to maximize storage space.

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Don Freeman
With an Artistic Edge

Place art in front of the unit for an innovative shelving style.

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Gross & Daley
With a Doorway

Use two floor-to-ceiling shelves to create an open doorway.

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c. Christian Harder Photography 2018
Simple and Sophisticated

Color coordinate books and accessories for a cohesive aesthetic.

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Luke White
Peek-a-boo

Opt for open shelving to maintain an expansive feel.

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Steven Brooke Studios
With Accent Lighting

Place lights in between every bookcase for a soft and comfortable ambiance in the evenings.

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Michael Robinson
Depth and Dimension

Design a pop-out shelving unit to create more visual depth.

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Michael Hunter
Side-by-Side

Make a doorway pop with shelves flanked on either side.

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Natasha Dixon
Black and White

Create a stark contrast with black shelves against all-white walls and furniture.

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Aaron Leitz
Zen and Minimalistic

Try a portion of closed shelves to maintain a sleek and organized style on top.

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Asa Weinstein
Shabby Chic

Fill the shelves with personal memorabilia for a unique style that's all your own.

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Brian Jordan, Graphite NYC
Neutral and Elegant

Create a collage of frames to personalize working space.

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Robin Nathan
Eco-Enthusaist

Experiment with greens and neutrals to maintain a zen space, despite a lot of accessories.

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Entryway Accent

Add a thin bookshelf by the door for an eye-catching accent.

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William Short
Colorful and Maximalist

Maintain organized chaos by grouping similar books on a couple of shelves.

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Eric Piasecki
Bookcases With a Colored Background

Paint the back of the bookshelf for a pop of color.

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Grey Crawford
Warm and Cozy

Stack and organize books horizontal and vertical for a fun variety.

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