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There are a few things that I love about the layout of the books on the shelf here. First of all, I love that some are stacked upright and some are stacked sideways because this allows you to create some great eye-catching patterns on the shelves. Secondly, I love that there is a lot of open space on the shelves which means that the bookcase looks sculptural instead of just functional. And finally, I love the bright colors of many of the books which really add to the overall appeal of the room.
This home office shows another way to display books of a similar color together to add to the design of an area. Here we see that each row of books is matching. The colors chosen are rich dark reds, browns and blacks that accentuate the similar rich coloring of the wood and furniture here. Homes that have many collections of books, particularly reference books, may want to consider this type of display.
Books are great because they can be placed on almost any shelf space. This allows them to be scattered around the home to add different textures and colors to each area. Here we see just a handful of books but they make a statement because they are all thick and dark, matching the table and art that are also displayed in the area.
Here is another example of stacking books to display an object atop them. These books are more mistmatched in appearance but appear to be similarly themed around "love poems". I would have liked to see that theme continued in the object and even perhaps in the surrounding shelving but I like the idea of what's happening here.