Decorating with books

11 March 2010 · 3 comments in Home

I’m not that great with interior design or decorating, but I do my best to make my surroundings pretty. Recently, I’ve been using books as decoration. I love an overflowing bookcase, but I also like books stacked in more unexpected places. It’s a great way to display your favourite books after you’ve read them, and you can change them around regularly if you get bored. I usually see this done with coffee table books, but I find novels can work just as well. Just this weekend, I decided my dresser looked empty and arranged a few piles of to-be-read novels on top of it! I also like piling books on the floor, sideboards and coffee tables, and I love the wall shelves in the picture below.

{Images from some of my favourite Design*Sponge sneak peeks: Vynsie Law, Marianne van Ooij, Nicole Hill Gerulat, Vanessa Dina}

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Emily March 11, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Oh, Elin. Are you aware of Books Do Furnish a Room? I absolutely LUST after this book. So many interior design schemes see books as a liability, & come up with creative ways to hide them away for a “cleaner” look, but sucks to that – I want to SEE all my lovely books. Anyway, love that neat little stack of Penguins in the bottom left shot. Those wall racks are lovely too, although I’m not sure how I would use them…as a to-be-read collection? Favorite vintage paperbacks?

k March 13, 2010 at 9:43 am

i love decorating with books too. i have a particular attraction to books arranged by colour as i’ve seen a lot recently, but discovered my own piles of books don’t have much of a colour range – boo.

marie March 14, 2010 at 4:38 pm

i keep my books in piles too – i’m happy i finally made it here!

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