Achieving the perfect Instagram-worthy #shelfie is no easy task. You need to place everything just so and have the right mix of books, storage, on-trend accessories and negative space. It’s enough to make you want to scrap that old bookshelf altogether for something newer and prettier. But before you toss that set of shelves out the window, know that there are plenty of ways to make it look brand spankin’ new. We’ve made a decor resolution to make the most out of what we already have in our homes in 2016, so now we’re showing you three ways to style that plain ol’ bookshelf. Scroll through to see how we’d style a simple bookcase for the boho-chic space, minimalist abode and preppy home.


To brighten and glam up your boho-chic space, bring in pastel hues, floral prints and gilded accents. Add some texture with woven baskets and fresh flowers and set the tone with some peaced-out decor. If you want to fancy up your book display even more, pick up an on-trend set of rose quartz bookends to seal the bohemian-decor deal.

Modular Modern Bookcase ($131) + 8×10 Framed “Flutter Watercolor” by Andi Pahl ($46), CB2 McGuire Hurricane ($20), One Kings Lane Rose Quartz Bookends ($179), Interior Illusions Peace Sign ($45), Shiraleah Small Berber Jar ($25), Serena & Lily La Jolla Bin in Pink ($58), Svenska Hem Stilla Vase ($23)


Want to know the recipe for the perfect minimalist shelfie? All is takes is a bit of concrete, a hefty serving of metallics and plenty of geometric accents. Be sure to include a few statement-making pieces, like this epic lion and a giant letter. Then top it all off with a photography-rich quarterly mag and you’re good to go.

Modular Modern Bookcase ($131) + Collective Quarterly Magazine Issue 3 ($25), CB2 15-Minute Hourglass ($8), Shiraleah Small Geo Vase ($25), Poketo Concrete Lamp ($198), Bronson’s Lewis the Lion in Charcoal ($125), Gauge NYC Metal Letter Large ($20), CB2 Hole in the Wall Candle ($50), CB2 Around the Block Table Clock ($30)    


Preppy doesn’t just mean stripes and hot pink — we’re looking at you, Kate Spade fanatics! To mix things up, combine some unexpected gold patterns like abstract waves and polka dots with plenty of bright colors (pink included), functional storage and cute decorative pieces like this gilded turtle. Put it all together and you have yourself a pretty, preppy and perfectly organized #shelfie.

Modular Modern Bookcase ($131) + Giant Gem Speaker ($40), 8×10 Framed “The Rapids” Print by Rose Lindo ($46), Great Lakes Months & Days Block Calendar ($60), Kate Spade Pretty and Witty Scented Candle ($40), Design Ideas Squish Round Container Trio in Mint ($25), Maika Gold Dots Canvas Bucket in Small ($12), CB2 Gold Turtle ($65)

How do you keep your workspace on trend and totally you? Show us how you ace your bookshelf style game by tagging us in your #shelfie on Instagram.