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Sort Colors
"Arrange your books by color. When they're grouped together with similar hues, the effect is really eye-popping, especially when they're against stark white bookshelves." — Robert and Cortney Novogratz, authors of Home by Novogratz (Artisan Books)

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Think Soft
"To create a hushed, relaxed feeling, change your furniture to fit the mood: Update your coffee table, either by buying a new one or by repainting or refinishing the one you currently have. Put woven grass paper up on your walls, which helps to muffle sounds, creating a quiet space for reading." — Alex Papachristidis, author of The Age of Elegance: Interiors by Alex Papachristidis (Rizzoli)
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Look Up
"Use a tromp l'oeil wallpaper: Architect David Rockwell applied a custom paper to the walls and ceilings of a private dining room in a Las Vegas restaurant to produce an intimate, clubby effect." — Linda O'Keeffe, author of Stripes: Design Between the Lines (The Monacelli Press)

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Be Transparent
"Instead of bookshelves, think about storing novels in an antique armoire, so that the spines show through the glass and make choosing what you want to read easy." — Holly Becker, author of Decorate Workshop: Design and Style Your Space in 8 Creative Steps (Chronicle Books)

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Add Light
"Lighting can make a dramatic impact: Add wall sconces to the top of each shelving section to highlight your amazing collection of books."
— Kelly Wearstler, author of Rhapsody (Rizzoli)

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