Red Bookshelves — 12 Editor-Approved Picks to Give Your Decor a Boost of Energy

This edit of red bookshelves has everything you need to spice up your living room decor, guaranteed. Options in every and at every price point!

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If the celebrity looks at the 81st Annual Golden Globes were any indication, the color of the year — or hey, at least the season (it is only January, after all) — is red. The specific shade that dominated the carpet was closer to a firetruck or than, say, a brick red, and it packed a weighty, showstopping punch.

As we all know, design trends from the celebrity catwalk often trickle down into homes and interiors, so I'm sure it's only a matter of time until pops of red in your living room and kitchen are all the rage. And to help you get ahead of the pack, I've created yet another edit of the best bookshelves to buy right now ... and they all have one thing in common. Care to guess what it is?

So put on Taylor Swift's best album and cut up an apple or two because today, we're seeing red.

12 of the best red bookshelves you can buy right now

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Amazing news — the fun doesn't have to stop here. If you're interested in more color-specific round-ups, try my edits of the best white bookshelves, best green bookshelves, and the best black bookshelves, plus a look at the best circular bookshelves to buy right now.

How should I style my bookshelf?

When it comes to styling your new bookshelf, Laura Solensky of Laura Solensky Design recommends you 'make it personal,' she told me. 'I think a bookshelf/shelving is the perfect place to display the things that make you happy- souvenirs from trips, family heirlooms, books you love, treasures you find antiquing, family photos, etc.' 

And if you feel pressure to make it look matchy, don't. 'You do not need to go buy a bunch of vases or bowls to create a matching look,' Laura emphasized. 'Use books and items you have around your home that bring you joy. The collection will develop over time so no rush to finish it all at once.'

Ultimately, a bookshelf 'adds so much charm and dimension' to a room, she said. 'And if you create a collection of books and items you love, it will always bring you joy.'

Style Editor

Brigid Kennedy is a Style Editor at, where she is responsible for obsessively combing the internet for the best and most stylish deals on home decor and more. She was previously a story editor at, where she covered both U.S. politics and culture. She describes her design style as colorful and clean, and in her free time enjoys reading, watching movies, and curating impossibly niche playlists on Spotify. She lives in New York.