Social media has forever changed the interior design world with its naming and calling out of niche decor styles. When someone says "grandpa chic," comfortable leather chairs, a task light, and a well-worn ottoman come to mind. Or mention "cottagecore," and you'll picture floral patterns and pastel colors and throw blankets everywhere. While usually widely accepted, the newest aesthetic recognized by the internet—bookshelf wealth—is causing some bitter feelings.
Recently, a TikTok posted by @houseofhive explaining the term has provoked true bibliophiles, many of whom authentically embrace the «bibliophile aesthetic» (another trendy concept) in everyday life.
At first glance, it might seem that bookshelf wealth and the bibliophile aesthetic are practically identical, but that couldn't be farther from the truth for true book lovers. Bookshelf wealth uses books and bookshelves as a design tool featuring, yes, books—but also artwork, library ladders, and reading nooks, all meant to evoke a lived-in, curated literary space.
For the bibliophile aesthetic, however, the focus isn't so much on conjuring a feeling. It's about celebrating beloved and well-worn books that genuinely represent the homeowner's taste and personality. Bookshelf wealth creates an image, while the bibliophile aesthetic reflects one.
Responses to @houseofhive's video, which currently has 1.3 million views and 153,000 likes, have been mixed. Some users can't get enough of the concept, while others find it uninspiring.
«Don't try to 'achieve this vibe,' focus on cultivating a taste, exploring different literature and art, and your home will eventually look similar,» wrote one viewer.
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