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How to Style Your Bookshelf

HOW TO STYLE YOUR BOOKSHELF

Creating a bookshelf that has that effortless, assembled-over-time look takes some planning, but it’s a style that’s easy to achieve. Follow our steps to style your bookshelf, and you’ll be taking the most magnificent "shelfies" in no time.

Begin With Books

  • Edit your books by setting aside dog-eared paperbacks or other books that have seen better days. Remove ragged dust jackets to revive your hardcover books and give them a more sophisticated look. 
  • Sort a large collection by color. If you intend to display all of your books, a color-coded system creates cohesion. If not, this exercise can help you decide which colors and books you want to showcase. Mismatched volumes can be unified by turning them around, page side out.

  • Stack your books both vertically and horizontally, varying the placement on your shelves between left, right, and center. 

Create Structure & Composition

  • Start building structure with tall items like vases, artwork, and decorative plates. Lean on heavier accessories to double as bookends.

  • Layer small items in front of larger ones to diminish the bulk and add dimension. 
  • Group similar accents of differing scales in odd numbers. 
  • Vary the orientation of picture frames into combinations of portrait and landscape. 

Add Accessories

  • Add small accessories in between gaps and on stacks of books to add pops of texture, color, and shimmer where needed. 
  • Invite the outdoors in with organic shapes and nature-inspired accents made of wood, stone, or seasonal greenery.

  • Mix shiny materials like glass and metals to add a reflective dimension to your style. 
  • Work in whimsical pieces to create “What’s that?” moments on your shelves. 


Use decorative baskets or boxes to store functional items where you can reach them. Or try nontraditional vessels like galvanized buckets or vintage tins.

  • Wallpaper the backs of your shelves to add color and contrast. 
  • Illuminate your look with candle lanterns or LED accent lamps.

  • Leave plenty of whitespace to give your look room to breathe. Too many items can detract attention away from your beautiful pieces. 

Looking for more style inspiration? Read our blog for tips and tricks to create the looks you love.

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 Last updated December 30, 2020

Due to COVID-19 return processing times are taking longer than normal.  Please allow us 14-21 days to process your return before contacting customer support regarding the status of your return. Thank you for your patience.

 

IMPORTANT:  With limited exceptions, returns (i) are refunded to customer by store credit redeemable on pier1.com and (ii) customer is responsible for return shipping charges. 

Please know that we understand that choosing the right décor for your home/office can be a tedious process. We want you to feel confident in your purchase. This is why we are more than happy to assist you with finding the right choice. If it’s not the right fit, we’ll help you get there.

You can return most items for a store credit within 30 days of delivery. Unless noted below, outbound shipping charges are non-refundable and you will be responsible for all return shipping costs.

Clearance merchandise and any items marked “Final Sale” cannot be returned. Other nonreturnable merchandise includes clearance items, personalized items, bundled items at discount rates (e.g. “4 for $20”; unless the entire bundle is returned), items marked nonreturnable at the checkout or within the product description page, and products that have been assembled

If there is a mistake with your order, or items arrive defective/damages at the time of receipt, we will take care of it and work with you to find the best solution as further described below.

To begin the return/exchange process, please reach out to our customer service team for assistance. Our Customer service representatives are available by phone (888) 384-0700 or email support@pier1inc.com

Returns/Exchanges

You can return most items for store credit redeemable on pier1.com within 30 days of delivery.  The following will apply:

  • Only outbound shipping charges for damaged orders will be refunded. All other shipping charges are non-refundable and will automatically be deducted from the refund credit amount.
  • Clearance merchandise, any items marked “Final Sale” or marked nonreturnable may not be returned/exchanged.
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  • We are not liable for any return packages that may become lost or stolen in transit. Please keep proof of postage and/or return tracking number when shipping back returns.
  • Refunds are generally issued within 5-7 business days after we have processed your return.

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