Bookcases and shelves are not only practical but can also elevate the design of a space. Depending on the look you are going for, a wall of books can be filled to the brim or artfully organized with a mix of books and decorative objects. Looking to deviate from the norm? Why not position shelves on a diagonal or work around moldings and play with different shapes. Hanging paintings and photographs directly in front of shelving can provide an interesting layering effect and give you that eclectic world traveler aesthetic. Color coordinating book spines or adding dramatic lighting can transform your shelving into a functional work of art. 

*Photos courtesy of Pinterest

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