How to Use Books in Your Home Decor

Nerds and book lovers unite! Book decor is easy to do and will make you so very happy too.

There are so many different and interesting ways you can use books in your home decor. Let me show you my 10 favorites in today's post!

How to Use Books in Your Home Decor

After you get done reading a book (and it’s not the Kindle version!) what do YOU do with the said book?

Do you toss it in the “already read” pile underneath a pile of newspapers?

Or perhaps you give it to a friend to read.

Honestly, there is no “right” or “wrong” way (in my own opinion!) on what you should or should not do with a book you no longer have a “reading” use for.

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HOWEVER, you know me, I’d rather put it to good use if I can.

I’m all about multi-purposing πŸ˜‰

Here are a few ways that I like to use books in my home decor that I’ve finished reading, found interesting for one reason or another, or just plain “acquired” somehow:

1.) Put them underneath home decor pieces for a bit of texture and/or height. 

There are so many different and interesting ways you can use books in your home decor. Let me show you my 10 favorites in today's post!

I just love my seashell, but it looked too plain jane for me. So, I added a few books and *poof* it looks just lovely again!

2.) Turn them around.

Not a fan of the color or title? Show off the page side instead with a more suitable blank/lighter color.

3.) Tie them up!

Add a little bit of twine or yarn or whatever you have on hand, and wrap those bad boys up. They can definitely be displayed both horizontally or vertically.

There are so many different and interesting ways you can use books in your home decor. Let me show you my 10 favorites in today's post!

4.) Paint them.

I wasn’t a fan of the maroon color on a particular book so I painted it to match my decor.

How do you paint books?

First, I know it is very shocking. You might want to preserve the integrity of the original book cover. If that’s the case, you can always just create your own DIY book jacket.

But if the book isn’t of any consequence to you, and you really just want it to match your room, you can paint it.

Use acrylic paint and be careful not to paint the book shut. Let it dry completely between coats if it needs more than one coat of paint.

5.) Open it up. 

Display your book propped open or even standing up like the picture below for an interesting visual.

There are so many different and interesting ways you can use books in your home decor. Let me show you my 10 favorites in today's post!

6.) Use as fillers.

Do you have an empty space on a shelf, and you’re unsure what to do? Add books! They come in so many different sizes, shapes, and colors (or you can paint them!) so feel free to use your imagination.

There are so many different and interesting ways you can use books in your home decor. Let me show you my 10 favorites in today's post!

7.) Stack them up.

If you are going to stack your books, do them largest to smallest so they stack better.

There are so many different and interesting ways you can use books in your home decor. Let me show you my 10 favorites in today's post!

8.) Use them in a place you wouldn’t normally put them.

For example: a birdcage

There are so many different and interesting ways you can use books in your home decor. Let me show you my 10 favorites in today's post!

9.) Switch it up with both vintage and new versions in a row.

The variety of old and new will add texture and variety to your bookshelf.

There are so many different and interesting ways you can use books in your home decor. Let me show you my 10 favorites in today's post!

10.) Display in baskets, boxes, and other containers.

They can add variety to normal containers like these.

There are so many different and interesting ways you can use books in your home decor. Let me show you my 10 favorites in today's post!

Where or how do you like to decorate with books in your home?

There are so many different and interesting ways you can use books in your home decor. Let me show you my 10 favorites in today's post!

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27 Comments

  1. I’m a book lover too! What wonderful ideas – I especially like the thought of displaying them in a basket, not only as decor but then an easy way to grab a book and start reading. I give a lot of my books away when I’m done with them but I have those ones I love and keep around. Thanks so much for the tips!

    1. Yay! So happy to “meet” you, Victoria. I am most definitely a bookworm at heart, and so glad you love these ideas too πŸ™‚

  2. These are great tips! I will be referring to this later because I have a ton of books collecting dust!

  3. I love this post! I love the idea of painting them!

    Thanks for linking up with us at the Best of the Blogosphere! Be sure to stop back by next week!

  4. Clever tricks! I have a few books on my shelf that could be used as decor as well, will definitely using your advice. Thanks for sharing this with us on #shinebloghop

  5. Oh Lz, I love these! I am a huge lover of reading and old books and use them all the time in my home. You’ve done a gorgeous job of including them! Thank you so much for linking these up to our Bewitchin’ Projects Block Party last week. You are one of my Features tomorrow over at Recreated Designs. Have a wonderful week! Hugs, Lisa

    1. Hi Carrie! Thank you so much for stopping by, and definitely try the basket idea. It works well in any room for sure πŸ™‚

    1. I just love items like books that are super versatile. Who knew they’d be amazing to read AND look at πŸ˜‰

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    1. Lol. Well, you could have a lot, but then your house would look just plain messy! That’s what my house looked like at first, but now… they’re piled and decorating every surface instead! So happy to help πŸ˜‰

  8. I love this! Thanks for the fun ideas. I’m obsessed with books. They cover my house but not in pretty ways like you have shown here :). I’ll have to try some of these tips.

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