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Styling books, the art of, and French vocab and must-reads

Make your bookcases and bookshelves an impressive feature and discover the classic French reads everyone needs to have in their collection.

La Rochere clear bee tumblers and wine glasses

Top tips for styling books on shelves

Start from scratch

Before you start styling, remove all your books and anything else off the shelves sorting through everything as you go.

Bookshelves aren't just for books!

Mix objects between books to add areas of interest. Items might include decorative ornaments such as a vintage match striker, a photo frame, antiques or a vase of dried flowers. When considering what to add, we suggest sticking to your room's look and colour palette and don't forget to add a mixture of textures such as wood, glass and metal for variety. It's also an opportunity to add your hobbies and passions, for example, items from your travelling adventures.

Odd numbers work

When styling in the home, always think in odd numbers.

Layer up and embrace the book stack

Create interest by layering items on your bookshelves. Perhaps lay books on the sides in a pile and place a curiosity on top. Piles of books are perfect to use as platforms.

Highlight your favourite book(s)

If you have a favourite book or a cover you love the design of, how about making a feature of it.

Add a splash of colour with coloured glass

Add a splash of vibrance to your shelves with coloured glass. Coloured glass adds an exuberant feel to any display and reflects natural light. Incorporating your glassware into your bookcases also offers an alternative way of storing your finest glassware until your next dinner party!

Bring them forward

Reduce settling dust whilst creating a uniform style by bringing your books to the front of the bookshelf rather than pushing them to the back.

Create a backdrop

Consider painting or even wallpapering behind your bookshelves, creating a bold look.

How should you organise your books?

There is no right or wrong way to organise your books. Here are some suggestions:

Rainbow themed

Bookshelves organised by the colours of the rainbow are a great way of creating a pattern and sense of order but aren't everyone's cup of tea. It is, however, aesthetically pleasing and often a talking point.


With organising by colour perhaps not being the most functional way of organising your books, how about organising alphabetically by the author's surname?

By genre

Or how about by genre? You could also group by genre first, and then by alphabetical order in the same way often seen at libraries and bookshops.

Useful French vocabulary around books

For those of you keen to keep learning the French language like me, here are some new words around the topic of books:

  • Livre - book

  • Roman - novel

  • Lire - The French verb to read

  • Bibliothèque - library or bookcase

  • écrivain - Author

  • couverture - Cover

  • éditeur - Publisher

  • étagère - shelf

Do the French love to read?

France, like the UK, is regularly placed in the top countries that love to read. Along with loving the French classics and modern novels, the nation also loves to read books translated from languages from all around the world.

French home-style books every home should own

Classic French books to add to your bucket list

  • Le Comte de Monte-Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

  • Au bonheur des dames by Émile Zola

  • La gloire de mon père by Marcel Pagnol

  • Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

  • Notre-Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo

  • Les Contes des fées by Madame d’Aulnoy

  • La peste by Albert Camus

  • Les malheurs de Sophie by la Comtesse de Ségur

  • Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert


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