If you've been paying attention to interior design trends, chances are you've heard the term 'bookshelf wealth.' Though the look was around long before it was trending, it describes the practice of displaying a curated collection of objects and books proudly on the bookshelves in your space. It's the opposite of pared-back minimalism.
As final proof of the bookshelf wealth's virality, the interior design trend is appearing in the home of one of the brightest beacons of Gen Z style: Olivia Rodrigo. The musician took to TikTok to share an old singing video, and we couldn't help but notice the fully stocked bookshelves in her living room.
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The bookshelf wealth trend has been celebrated for its warm and lived-in feel. Interior designer Charmaine Wynter states: 'In this corner of Olivia Rodrigo's living room, a warm and inviting atmosphere is beautifully captured. The shelves are adorned with copious books, each tile representing diverse interests that ignite the imagination and reflect a lifetime love of reading.'
Charmaine Wynter is an award winning interior designer at Charmaine Wynter Interiors and applies her design experience to life, sharing her advice with her followers through her Instagram live 'Host-Chatting with Charmaine Live'. Charmaine has been a featured designer on TV shows across North America.
She continues, 'This living room celebrates a different kind of wealth, one that cannot be measured by vanity metrics often showcased in picture-perfect, everything in its place social media posts. It is a celebration of the wealth of knowledge, an invaluable treasure that can never be lost.'
The controversial bookshelf wealth trend has also been lauded for its celebration of individuality. Jennifer Ebert, digital editor at Homes & Gardens states, 'Bookshelf wealth fits into the increasing trend towards personalization in interior design. Rather than choosing a look from a list of trends, people are more interested in building a space that feels distinct to their personality.
Jen is the Editor (Digital) of Homes & Gardens. Before starting this position, she had completed various interior design courses at KLC Design School, as well as working across Ideal Home, LivingEtc, 25 Beautiful Homes and Country Homes & Interiors as an interiors writer.
Unsurprisingly, Olivia Rodrigo's version of bookshelf wealth has a decidedly Gen Z bent. It incorporates her love for purple with a ceramic vase as well as a verdant Chinese money plant and a large, shell-shaped vase. These small details turn the look from a classic bookshelf into an ode to Olivia's interests and style.
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This water-tight ceramic vase brings a touch of the sea to your home. Perfect for use as a planter or simple decor option.
This beautiful, handmade ceramic jar is reminiscent of Olivia's beautiful container collection. Perfect for displaying on a bookshelf.
While bookshelf wealth is trending, the look transcends trends for a truly timeless look. Celebrating yourself will always be a classic.
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I am a London-based News Writer at Homes & Gardens. My interests lie at the intersection of design and popular culture with a particular focus on trends and celebrity homes. Before joining Future, I worked as a Content Writer and Communications Lead for Fig Linens and Home, a luxury linens and home interiors brand based in Fairfield County, CT. I have a BA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College in New York and an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology.
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