The bookcase is a staple for good interior design, whether they are built in versions or freestanding ones. Time to ban the boring from your bookshelves and upgrade them with a few fresh ideas, these ideas are sure to add style and make them standout amidst as sea of plain and ordinary.

"Picture lights", pictured above from Fieldstone Hill Design, are intended for art but they're also just as useful in a library, office, bedroom, living room, or anywhere else bookcases are present and when mounted to the bookcase itself.

Library lights are available in several styles, they can be hard wired or used as plugin versions just as long as the top of a bookcase has sufficient vertical space for the backplate. They add functionality and style, options for yours include the Wide Brass Picture Light, Wide Black Modern Picture Light, Slim Line Bronze Picture Light, and House of Troy Picture Light.

Picture Lights

Wallpaper will jazz up any bookcase, as seen in this image below from Meyer Interiors. Modern wall paper styles are removable so you need not fret about permanence or the use of glues or adhesives, remove or reposition with ease.

Once installed, get busy styling as the new pattern provides a dramatic backdrop to your artwork, collectibles, and favorite reads like this stylish bookcase by Meyer Interiors.

Wallpaper Pattern

Embellish your own bookcases with these stylish wallpapers, consider geometric motifs like Honeycomb Citron or Gio Silver. Embrace your love of the outdoors with botanicals like Gold Leaf Peonies or Edie Frosted Teal.


The outside frames of a bookcase offer an opportunity to break up the monotony of layers of books and shelves with a decorative mirror. Take a cue from this space featured in Better Homes & Gardens and use the vertical frame as a mount for a small eye catching mirror or layer one or two inside shelves displayed in an artistic way.

Hanging Mirrors

These decorative mirrors are smaller than two feet in diameter so they offer great potential for jazzing up a row of bookcases. The Sonrisa 22" Round Wood Sunburst and Ashbury 17" Square Gray Mirror both offer weathered wood tones for beautiful contrast against painted or laquered bookshelves; the dramatic shapes in the Dark Bronze Polaris and the Gaelic Round 20" Orange Mirror guarantee your bookcase will also be a focal point!

Wall Mirrors

Image credits: Fieldstone Hill Design, Meyer InteriorsBetter Homes & Gardens