In Books Make a Home (Ryland Peters & Small), Damian Thompson, an editor at The World of Interiors magazine, offers his tips for displaying your titles with style.
—Create an instant reading nook with a tall shelving unit flanked by cozy chairs.
—Arranging books by color creates a striking rainbow effect, especially against white walls.
—Keep cases from looking stuffy by breaking up rows of books with knickknacks, artwork and collectibles.
—A stack of books can fill an empty corner or provide a perch for a lamp or a set of speakers.
—To personalize a built-in or plain bookcase, paint the interior or line it with a patterned paper.