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    We all know that it’s what’s on the bookshelf that really counts. A plain, empty bookshelf doesn’t really make or break a room — until now. Your big, comfy couch is great and all, but why not make your shelves the conversation piece? From colorful paint to funky wallpaper, here are 36 beyond brilliant ways to give the back of your display case a major upgrade.
    1. Shades of Yellow: Transform a boring bookcase with different patterned wallpapers in the same hue. In this case, a sunshiney yellow brightens up the dining room (and matches the chair pillows). (via House to Home)

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    2.Geometric Fabric: This seriously easy tutorial is actually an IKEA hack. While we love the turquoise fabric used in this DIY, feel free to experiment with any fabric that strikes your fancy. (via Eddie Ross)

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    3.Eclectic Mix: If you can’t decide which print to back your shelves with, take a cue from this funky childrens’ bookshelf and use ‘em all! While this may be the tiniest shelf we’ve ever seen, we’re positive that it would look amazing in a way larger scale. (via Aprill Aprill)

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    4.Shade Variety: Give your shelf a colorful update by painting each backing a different neutral shade. We love how the beige palette brings a whole lot of interest a simple wall unit. (via HGTV)

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    5.Maps: Even if you’re not a world traveller, maps make beautiful decorations. Take your fave map and plaster it to the back of any bookshelf or cabinet for an instant feel of wanderlust. (via Design Mom + Half of Vamh)


    6.Beadboards: You can easily DIY this modern bookshelf by painting a warm shade of gray and decorating by some fashioned beadboard . (via An Urban Cottage)


    7.Simple Patterns: A simple geometric pattern can work wonders on shelf backs. In this case, the navy and white wallpaper create the perfect nautical vibe in this adorable cottage. (via Caitlin Wilson)

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    8.Funky Fabric: Fabric-lined shelves create the perfect backdrop for vintage objects and flower bouquets. While you could go with a neutral, where’s the fun in that? (via A Beautiful Mess)
    9.Glitter: These shelves are backed with glitter. ‘Nuff said. (via Heather Garrett Interior Design)
    10.Stripes: Before installing a built-in bookshelf, wallpaper the area with something that has personality — like these stripes, for example. You can buy this exact golden stripe here. (via Martha Stewart)
    11.Wallpaper Flowers: This gorgeous DIY features plain IKEA bookshelves backed with a vintage-inspired wallpaper from Anthropologie. Although this particular style is no longer available, there are plenty more beauties to choose from. (via Design*Sponge)
    12.Raw Wood Shims: We’re the first to admit, we’re huge fans of color here at Brit HQ. But sometimes, a rustic raw wood can look quite brilliant. And it’s beyond affordable, so there’s that. (via Country Living)
    13. Rainbow: The bright rainbow hues that back this otherwise white bookcase turns this room into the most fun living room, like, ever. All you need is a few cans of paint to make this lovely piece yours! (via Half Asleep Studio)