From the Plato and Shakespeare you pored over in college to the latest best-seller you ripped through on vacation, books are essentially a grown-up growth chart; your collection helps tell the story of who you are and where you’ve been. Given that, is it really any wonder that people struggle to part with their personal libraries?
Still, finding room in your home for dozens hundreds of books is an age-old struggle, especially in the “cozy” living quarters of New York City. Try these ideas to transform your cramped bookcase into a statement piece.
Paint the inside of your bookcase. Go a few shades deeper or brighter than your wall color for extra pop.
Organize books by color. Okay, this is a controversial one. Organizing books by spine color creates a dramatic tableau, but some readers complain that it makes specific novels harder to locate. We say: Do what makes you happy.
Add a splash of wallpaper. Wallpaper brings bold, luxurious colors, patterns, and textures to any room–but it comes with a hefty price tag. Stretch your decorating dollar by wallpapering the inside of a bookcase instead of an entire wall; you’ll get the same effect at a fraction of the price. Get the instructions.