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How to Use Books in Your Home Decor
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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.
HOWEVER, you know me, I’d rather put it to good use if I can.
I’m all about multi-purposing ;)
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.
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.
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.
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.
7.) Stack them up.
If you are going to stack your books, do them largest to smallest so they stack better.
8.) Use them in a place you wouldn’t normally put them.
For example: a birdcage
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.
10.) Display in baskets, boxes, and other containers.
They can add variety to normal containers like these.
Where or how do you like to decorate with books in your home?
More Home Decor Inspiration
Here are some more home decorating inspiration. My biggest advice for beginners – let your imagination run free! Decorate your home to reflect you and you will love where you live.