Like Books? Me too. Have too many of them? Me too. I know it’s hard to find a place to save all of your precious pieces of literature. I mean do you hide them away? Do you have to get rid of them? No, you don’t. I think books are beautiful, you simply need to get creative with how you show off this collection of books. Try these tips on using books for home decor, and you’ll be pretty happy with the results.
First, you have to understand the beauty of styling books. They don’t need to be resting on a shelf like they would in a library. Instead, lay some down flat, stack some up, lean some against something else. Divide up your books and add some variety to their placement. This is part of what makes books such a great accessory.
What else makes them great accessories? That would be the color they add to your area. So think about the colors your choosing to bring out. Maybe they match because that’s how your decor works. Or, maybe they’re all about mixing up all varieties of color, because again that is how your decor works.
Built Ins or Shelving
Having built ins are always the most ideal spot for books. I personally think it looks amazing having your books fill built-in shelves from top to bottom. The variety in colors and sizes will make for a beautiful focal point. However it looks pretty nice when you mix up book with some accessory decor.
When you’re working with a shelf or two, you certainly can fill it with books. But it tends to look too heavy. So for this I recommend just choosing a few of your favorites and popping in some of your favorites pieces that you own. It may be a candle, a piece of art, or even just a beautiful plant. Whatever you have, it’s suddenly all looking very put together on your shelf.
Mantles can always be so hard. Considering how they change depending on the season or holiday, it tends to be a prime spot for our “things”. Don’t let it get over run with pictures and candle holders. Stack some of your favorite books and use these to hold picture frame or decorative bowl. The books can allow things to feel to busy, so remember to stick with the less is more motto for this. Also, be sure to know what your fireplace mantle style is before you continue one.
Inside the Fireplace
No, I’m not saying you should go burn your books. I know this seems crazy but they do look remarkable inside of a fireplace. I mean if you have a fireplace that isn’t working, why not use books for home decor here. Lets not pretend you sit around this and warm up by the fire. Instead, fit it with beautiful books and it will instantly look like a new statement piece. Just please don’t forget to give your fireplace a nice cleaning. Otherwise you’re going to have chaos.
In fact, if you’re presently struggling on what to do with your non working fireplace check out ‘How to Enjoy A Non Working Fireplace‘ for some ideas.
Coffee or End Table
Now let me just say if you have young kids, this may not be for you. These are always the first places kids end up going to “destroy” something. However if you have older kids, or no kids at all, this is such a great spot to use your favorite books for home decor. Only use these locations for books that you are truly proud of, or simply love the look of. Top them with a tray and decorative dish, and you’re good to go.
Your bedroom is a wonderful spot for using books for home decor. I like the look of them lined up and looking like you’re ready to grab one at any moment. Your dresser doesn’t only need to be a place to hold your clothes. Instead use the surface as a great new spot to show of your literary loves.
Written by Rhiannon Gillis. Rhiannon is the owner of the Amber & Honey Design Co., and she is presently leading all design and staging projects. She writes for this blog and multiple other blogs frequently. Make sure you follow her on Instagram and Twitter.