Aaron will tell you that I have way too many books. When we move, we have boxes upon boxes, but I refuse to get rid of them. I dream one day of having big book cases that line walls in a room of our home, that I’ll be able to fill with my favorites (and some not so favorites). Until then, I have found ways to scatter our “collection” throughout our home and even if we do get those big book cases, it’s a decor accessory I’ll always find myself using. There isn’t one room that there isn’t a book or reading material of some kind and I like it that way. Many people can’t see past just stacking them on a bookshelf, so I wanted to share some ways to use books in your home decor today.
- Think outside of stacking them “library style”: You don’t have to stack them all together, spine facing out and lined up perfectly. Turn some pages facing out, stack them laying down horizontally and even mix up the heights creating visual appeal.
- Create a vignette: One of the most common ways I use books is to create vignettes throughout our home. I love stacking books to create different heights with decor.
- Enhance a color scheme: Group similar colored covers together and use them to enhance a color scheme you’re going for.
- Create coffee table decor: I love coffee table books (some of my favorites are here). Select a few of your favorites and use them on your table for guests to flip through when they visit.
- Stack them for texture: Whether in a basket or just in a tower, stacking books can create texture in your home. On my nightstand I have a large wire basket I’ve filled with books. It’s also a great place to store the book I’m currently reading before bed.
- Take it to the kitchen: I personally love seeing what cookbooks and recipe collections people use in their homes. Not only do books in the kitchen make sense, but they add color and fun to your open shelving or counter space.