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The Best Bookshelf Decor to Complete Your Design

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Decorating a bookshelf is a simple way to create a stunning focal point in any room of your home. The best bookshelf decor is thoughtfully curated to include a variety of textures and shapes, either entirely in neutral hues or with pops of color sprinkled in. We like to layer a variety of objects together—a sculpture or two, photographs in beautiful frames, candles, a catch-all dish, favorite books, and fresh plants. (And if you’d like more guidance on how to decorate a bookshelf, look no further than our expert styling tips!)

To help you get started, we’ve curated a list of bookshelf decor ideas, from modern bookshelf decor, to boho chic, farmhouse, and traditional pieces, in a variety of prices to suit every budget. If you’re starting from scratch and need to buy a bookshelf as well, we’ve also found some amazing Wayfair bookshelves for you to shop.


Ceramic Flowers Pattern Vase



A gorgeous vase can stand on its own as a decorative object, or showcase seasonal flowers from your garden. This beauty has a hand-painted floral motif on the exterior, which showcases the clay’s natural texture, and a transparent, glossy glaze on the inside.


Faux Potted Ivy Vine Plant



We love the look of a lush plant cascading down a bookshelf. This realistic looking faux plant is ideal for those who don’t have a green thumb, or for bookshelves that aren’t near natural light.


Pretti Cool 4″ Catch-All



Not only will this concrete dish add a sunny splash of color to your bookshelf, it’s an ideal vessel to hide away keys, jewelry, coins–really, any small objects you want to corral. We love that this catch-all is made from recycled materials, so it’s better for the environment, too.


PaperHighGifts Recycled Newspaper Photo Frame



These colorful picture frames are another sustainable choice for decorating a bookshelf because they’re made from recycled newspaper. Plus, nearly 15,000 shoppers have given the glass-free frames rave reviews.


SIN Furl Object

West Elm


If you’ve been searching for modern bookshelf decor, look no further than this handmade decorative object. It’s anything but boring or typical. Arrange it on a stack of books or on its own for a chic addition to your shelf.


Pretti Cool Mantle Clock



This timepiece is the color of the Aegean sea, and it’s a striking addition to any room. Add it to a neutral bookshelf design to compliment a similar shade of blue elsewhere in your space, or let it be one of your standalone pops of color in an otherwise neutral room.


Osmos Studio Farmhouse Wooden Beads

West Elm


Farmhouse-style wooden beads are everywhere right now, but we like these beads specifically for the natural variation in hue and jute tassels on the ends. Arrange them on your bookshelf in a woven basket for a bit of boho flair. 


VerbaCandleCo Soy Huge Ribbed Pillar Candle



These large ribbed pillar candles come in six beautiful colors—light gray, ivory, caramel, dusty pink, light beige, and light dusty pink. Each one is handmade to order from soy wax and cotton wicks. It’s the perfect muted statement piece. 


Iron Candle Holder, Set of 2



Beautiful decorative candles call for a simple tray to keep wax from melting onto shelves. We like this simple selection, because it lets the real work of art—your candle—take center stage.


Alabaster Ball Bookend, Set of 2



If you collect books, these stylish bookends do double-duty as modern bookshelf decor. This hand-carved creamy white alabaster set has skid-proof bases that will keep even heavy books from falling over.


Modern White & Black Electra Decorative Books



In addition to all the joy reading brings, a neutral stack of books makes a stylish base for small sculptures. And, unlike staging books that you buy purely as decor, these are real books.


White Marble Storage Box

Joss & Main


A pretty box is a must for every shelf. Not only is it a beautiful decor piece, but it’s also handy. This contemporary box offers a convenient place to tuck away receipts, remotes, barware–anything that’s too unsightly to be left out in view.


Elle the Elephant Decorative Object



We love this charming elephant decor piece. Style it next to a cascading plant, or atop a stack of books.


Skeem Glass Match Cloche with Striker



If you enjoy candles, this hand-blown cloche is a chic way to store matches on a bookshelf. It comes in five pretty hues: purple, cobalt, light blue, yellow, and gray. It also includes 120 matches.


Keraclay Lima Sculpture

West Elm


The unique surface of this modern bookshelf decor was inspired by the texture of crayons. It also doubles as a vase for dried flowers. You can style it on its own or on top of a decorative tray instead.


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