At a time when it feels like words and information are disappearing into the online world, it’s comforting to have real books around the home. A strong single bookcase may be all you need to store your treasured tomes, but modern shelving can be more adaptable and help you create areas of real interest and character in your living space. 

If you want your shelving to span an entire wall and accommodate records, plants, art and objects as well as books, there are plenty of systems that you can start small with and add to over time. Alternatively, column-style bookcases and ladder shelves can put awkward, narrow or sloping spaces to good use.