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Top 10 Ways to Use Books as Decor


Top 10 Ways to Use Books as Decor this Spring and Beyond
Easy and creative ideas to personalize your space

Your home is your sanctuary, so why not make it a place that reflects your unique style?

Using books as décor is the fun, easy and creative way to personalize your home. Books—vintage or contemporary, oversized or small—add individuality and pizzazz to any room.

Whether you want to add a pop of color, make a striking statement or create a theme, books speak volumes.

“We encourage homeowners to ‘think beyond the bookcase‘ when it comes to books,” said Justin Krewatch, founding partner of Booth and Williams, an online portal and resource for designers and homeowners interested in vintage and modern book décor.

“Books are a great way for homeowners to creatively express themselves through the colors, eras, topics and textures…and we’ve made that process incredibly easy and affordable.”

Here are a few tips on how you can use books to take your space to the next level in your home, office, retail space, or any cherished space you call your own:

Tell your color story - Much like using paint to make an accent wall pop with color, books can have the same effect. Vibrantly hued books will stand out against a white or taupe wall, and a soothing palette of neutral books can do the same in a brightly colored space. You can even buy books "by the foot" in the exact color that complements your décor!Table it - Stacked high next to your sofa, or atop your favorite suitcase or other prized possession, books can serve as an enticing focal point or double as a functional end table or place to display your favorite lamp or other objet d'art.Clearly literary - Take advantage of a Lucite or glass-topped table to showcase books stored on top or underneath. It maximizes unused space and creates a visually striking tableau.Fuel the fire - Create a cozy library-like nook for a collection of books on top of a working fireplace or even within a non-working fireplace. Stacked vertically or horizontally, it's a creative way to store books, adds a nice design element to the room, and best of all, all the books are easily accessible should you want to cuddle up to one on a stormy night.Add sophistication to a man-cave - A man's room is a place to relax and enjoy himself, and what better way to relax than with a library of well curated books. Volumes about vintage automobiles, classic sports or history can enhance the masculine appeal of the man's retreat.Let it grow - Pair your love of gardening or flowers with books that complement the décor of a sunroom or balcony.  Create a pedestal for a vase of fresh cut flowers with a stack of books with botanic prints or show off your sunflowers next to books on Van Gogh.Inspire early readers  - Vintage children's books add charm and style to a nursery. Choose beloved fairy tales or your favorite stories from when you were a child. From Nancy Drew to the Hardy Boys to Beatrix Potter, you can pass down your love of literature by surrounding your little one with books.The luxury of leather - Leather-bound books, with their gold-embossed spines and cloth bindings, are the epitome of old world elegance, and add an air of sophistication to any library, study or home office.Chic page-turners - Books on style and beauty are a natural for a dressing table, boudoir or powder room. Select biographies of fashion icons, photo books of jewelry or gowns, or coordinate by color.Coffee table conversation starters - Are you an art history buff? A gourmet baker? A world traveler? Assemble a group of books on subjects that hold a special place in your heart and make them the focal point of your coffee table. Not only do they look great as living room décor, but they can also be great icebreakers with your guests.

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