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You can learn a lot about someone by taking a closer look at their bookcases. Often they’re decorated with our favorite things — books we’ve read a hundred times, souvenirs from trips we’ve taken, family heirlooms passed down through generations. Yet, choosing a shelving system that reflects your style is just as important as the items you display on it. Here we’ve rounded up six different models at low, medium and high price points.

1. DRAGET shelf unit from IKEA, $39.99



We’ve all owned an IKEA bookcase at some point or another. They’re functional, inexpensive and available in a variety of styles and sizes. The DRAGET shelf unit features an asymmetrical design and is painted a vibrant emerald green.

2. Darley Four Shelf Bookcase from Target, $84.99



Sometimes the simplest designs are the most sophisticated. This modern bookcase has an A-frame-like profile and wooden shelves that are arranged by size in ascending order.

3. Pink Studio Mix Match Shelving Unit from Oliver Bonas, $375.65

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The ombré trend has permeated beauty, fashion and now, home decor. With a blend of rose pink, tangerine orange and warm beige, this enamel finished shelving unit will inject fresh color into your space.

4. Round bookcase from World Market, $379.99

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Don’t be a square — opt for something with a bit more personality, like this round bookcase from World Market. The metal frame and distressed wood shelves give it an industrial look, while the open back makes it a fantastic room divider.

5. Ellis bookshelf in mocha from Lulu & Georgia, $1,322



Investing in a sturdy, well-made bookcase is a worthwhile investment. They don’t experience a lot of wear and tear, therefore a solid wood shelving unit is likely to last for years to come. The Ellis bookshelf from Lulu & Georgia has a timeless, mid-century look with diagonal legs and sharp lines.

6. Rider Étagère from Jonathan Adler, $2,995

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Looking to splurge? This one-of-a-kind Jonathan Adler piece has tons of personality, and two additional concealed shelves for storage. The design was inspired by the French Empire style, which is reflected by the brass embellishments.

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