Kindles and iPads may be quick and convenient for reading on the go, but there’s nothing like holding a book in your hand and turning the pages one by one. Books take you on a journey, they teach you things you didn’t know and they make it possible to visit with favorite characters again and again, and even share them with friends.
Books also are beautiful. They raise the design aesthetic of your home, and that’s something technology cannot do. From reference materials to design journals to pulp fiction, cookbooks and more, share your love of fine words by taking books off of the shelf and into your home décor.
Here are five ways to decorate with books:
In a curated stack. No cocktail table is complete without an eye-catching pile of books. Books placed here are meant to give visitors insight into what you find important or beautiful, inviting guests to pick one up and flip through its pages. This is a great place for oversized coffee-table books that have an abundance of photos or illustrations.
As an end table. A stack of sturdy, oversized books create a unique side table in a living room or nightstand in your bedroom. Protect the top cover by placing a piece of glass or tray on the top so it can hold a beverage without worries.
Turned into a shelf. Create a bookshelf with a book. Purchase L brackets or a floating shelf kit designed to be hidden, and you’ll create a unique display – especially for more books!
As a pedestal. If a favorite accessory or framed photo is small and getting lost in the shuffle, build up its importance by placing it on a stack of books. Books create a great pedestal, especially when you match the subject material with the piece it holds. You can also use books to elevate lamps to a better level for reading.
As an accent. Choose books based on their jacket covers, allowing them contrast or complement the other colors in the room. You can also cover them with craft paper, wrapping paper or wallpaper. Fabric is also a great choice for covering and adds a textural quality. Burlap, for example, adds a rustic touch.