How to Style Your Bookshelves, According to Your Zodiac Sign
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How to Style Your Bookshelves According to Your Zodiac Sign


As anyone who’s attempted bookshelf styling can attest, getting your aesthetic down pat isn’t nearly as easy as it looks. But luckily, as ever, the stars are here to light the path. Here’s how to style your bookshelves in a way that speaks to your soul – or, in other words, according to your zodiac sign.

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Aquarius: Fuss-Free

When it comes down to it, you’d rather be outside, trying a new restaurant, or pretending to see an art-house indie flick. In other words: Doing just about anything other than styling bookshelves. Stack ’em up neatly and call it a day.

Design: Kendall Simmons; Photography: Alyssa Rosenheck

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Pisces: Art Gallery

You’re the zodiac’s premier artistic talent – and your shelfies shall reflect that, dammit. Dominate your bookshelves with ample artwork and sculptures  and draw creative inspo every time you look at it.

Design: Orlando Soria; Photography: Tessa Neustadt 

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Aries: Multipurpose 

The most industrious sign in the zodiac never takes things at face value. And when it comes to styling, you’re just as dynamic – think clever-bookshelf-meets-minibar… or music station.

Design: Tali Roth; Photography: Genevieve Garruppo

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Taurus: Single-Tone

As a Venus-ruled earth sign, you’re drawn to a) beauty and b) a natural palette. Your shelfie solution? Flip book spines outward, or dress in uniform book jackets for a visually harmonious effect.

Design: Sean Anderson; Photography: Alyssa Rosenheck

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Gemini: Book-Lady Chic

Blame your flighty, air-sign energy, but you tend to start books and don’t always finish them. Own that truism with a shelf that declares your many whims and curiosities. The more the merrier, baby.

Design: Annouchka Engel; Photographer: Julia Robbs for Homepolish 

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Cancer: Photo Gallery

As with everything in your life, friends and family are a top priority. Opt for simple shelf styling… and a photos-to-books ratio somewhere in the 50/50 range.

Design: Haley Weidenbaum; Photography: Jillian Sipkins

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Leo: Wallpaper

You love to be in the limelight – and so does your home. Hyper-stylize your shelves with blingy wallpaper and lighting to make your pad camera-ready. You know, for when Vogue comes to shoot your profile.

Design: Leslie Lai; Photography: Clinton Perry

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Virgo: Uber-Minimalist 

What bookshelf? For Virgos, visual clutter = mental clutter. Your perfectionista tendencies and hunger for productivity will be best served by ruthless decluttering, ample white space, and a devotion to select tomes that truly inspire you. 

Design: Orlando Soria; Photography: Tessa Neustadt 

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Libra: Color-Blocked

You’re cosmically programmed to seek balance and beauty (blame your ruler, Venus), and you’re drawn to rainbow motifs, as well as happy, bright hues. Group your books by spine color to sate your need for visual harmony.

Design: Jae Joo; Photography: Julia Robbs for Homepolish 

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Scorpio: Enclosed

You’re a gal shrouded in mystery, so it only stands to reason that you don’t want all your books totally on display. Tuck away your more personal tomes (hi, high-school yearbook) to keep nosy visitors at bay. 

Design: Alec Holland; Photography: Genevieve Garruppo

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Sagittarius: Cabinet of Curiosities

Though you like to keep a “light suitcase,” you also love to collect souvenirs and talismans from your many travels. Use your shelves to highlight a few choice tomes – and all your most treasured global objects.  

Design: Marc Houston; Photography: Sean Litchfield

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Capricorn: Alphabetical order

The scholar of the zodiac needs a scholarly organization system: We mean, how else is a self-respecting type-A personality supposed to find her Faulkners when she needs ’em?

Design: Jennifer Talbot; Photography: Dustin Halleck


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