Decorating with Books
Books entertain, educate and inspire. They can also take up a lot of room in our homes. If stacks of books are overcrowding your home, reconsider how you’re displaying them. Start thinking of books as another decorating option – and an inexpensive one at that since you already have them. Here are some easy tips on arranging and displaying your collection.
For a large book collection, re-think arranging all of the books vertically; intersperse some with the spines horizontally, especially where the title is written this way. It makes for a much more interesting look.Mix up the display and include decorative objects (just a few) remembering to leave some empty space also so it’s not a visual jumble.
Use as Props:Stack three or more books on a table to use as a raised display area. Set a lamp, vase, or décor on top of the books. This is a great way to raise an accessory that may be too small as well as create some interest in a display.
In the Kitchen:If your cabinets do not extend all the way to the ceiling, put cookbooks on top in a visually interesting way (mixed with kitchen collectibles such as vases, pitchers, plants, etc). Or arrange them on a rack such as this along with other items used daily. This also keeps them out of the way of kitchen spills, but still available for easy access.