Uma Thurman's eclectic book storage is a spin on one of the biggest trends of 2024 – organizers love her 'unconventional' styling

The atypical approach to bookshelf wealth in the actress's home office brings new life to the increasingly popular look

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Books are for more than reading. When handled by the right eye, they are both knowledge and aesthetic-enhancing for the home. Clearly, Uma Thurman has this eye.

The actress took to Instagram to share a photoshoot in her home office. Though Thurman stuns in purple, we are even more stunned by her gorgeous book storage. The Pulp Fiction star's space features brass and glass industrial shelves mounted to her white walls. Upon the shelves, colorful books lay in alternating horizontal and vertical stacks. Gorgeous white inlays on Thurman's doors and walls elevates the whole look.

The gorgeous bookshelf idea is expert-approved. Melanie Summers, professional organizer states: 'Uma Thurman’s open bookshelves present a very different yet equally interesting approach to organization. The glass shelving unit with a metal frame provides a modern, airy feel to the space. Her method of stacking books both top to bottom and in rows, without a strict organizational scheme, gives the display a freeform and relaxed vibe.' This beautiful, unconventional look is forever in style.

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Melanie Summers

Melanie is a professional organizer and decluttering expert based in Vancouver, WA. She is a member of the American Society of Professional Organizers.

Summers continues, 'This style of organizing a bookshelf might appeal to those who enjoy a more casual and eclectic look. It allows for collections of books to be grouped together organically, which can be particularly useful for readers who like to keep their current reads close at hand.'

In addition to its natural beauty, the look taps into Bookshelf Wealth look, a huge interior design trend for 2024, but with an original twist. 'The "bookshelf wealth" trend focuses on showcasing a rich and varied collection of books as a central design feature,' says Summers. She continues, 'Uma’s bookshelf fits into this trend by emphasizing the sheer volume and variety of her book collection. For a professional organizer, this trend can be a great way to blend personal interests with home decor.'

Uma Thurman's bookshelves are great inspiration to get started on rearranging your own shelves stylishly and artfully. Summers recommends: 'To make it work, I’d suggest balancing aesthetic appeal with practical accessibility. While the freeform approach can be visually interesting, ensuring that frequently read or favorite books are easily reachable can enhance both the functionality and enjoyment of the space.'


Uma Thurman's bookshelves embody a popular organizing trend, that will only grow in popularity as the year marches on. We love this eclectic and inviting style.

Sophie Edwards
News Editor

Sophie is a London-based News Editor at Homes & Gardens, where she works on the Celebrity Style team. She is fascinated by the intersection of design and popular culture and is particularly excited when researching trends or interior history. Sophie is an avid pop culture fan. As an H&G editor, she has interviewed the likes of Martha Stewart, Hilary Duff, and the casts of Queer Eye and Selling Sunset. Before joining Future Publishing, Sophie worked as the Head of Content and Communications at Fig Linens and Home, a boutique luxury linens and furniture brand. She has also written features on exciting developments in the design world for Westport Magazine. Sophie has an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology and a BA in Creative Writing and Sociology from Sarah Lawrence College.