Sometimes the simplest things can be used as a decorative accent. My choice staple is the printed word in hard cover. I have used books to decorate for many years. My particular favorites are the old Reader’s Digest condensed book series or old encyclopedias – especially if they’re leather bound. Here’s how you, too, can use books in your decor as decorative accents.
• Under Glass
Placing a few assorted items under a glass dome is like creating a mini time capsule in a 360 degree view. When sorting through all those decorative knick knacks and trying to decide what you want to put on display, don’t neglect that old stack of books in your attic. You will find more character and personality in an old book cover than just about any other nostalgic item – so dust a few off and put them under glass to preserve, protect and enjoy.
• Stacked Reading Displays
Book collections don’t have to be boring. Lining them up like stiff little soldiers on a bookshelf does not really do them justice. Instead of side-by-side, why not create decorative stacks of books to complement pieces of pottery or artwork for display? Use them to raise up smaller objects and fill in empty spaces. You will still be able to reach over and pluck one off the shelf whenever you’re in the mood for a good story.
• Old World Charm
When you want a stately presence in your space, nothing looks more refined than a set of leather encyclopedias or other leather-bound book series. The colors are so deep and the textures are so rich. It’s like having a slice of old world charm with you in the room.
• Usual and Unusual Displays
Book displays can be both functional and decorative. Book racks can be filled with lively colored books to dress up a reading nook in a child’s room. Or you can create unusual displays for large collections. If you don’t have space for a bank of bookcases to house a large collection, just look up. You can use the rafters of an open ceiling to keep your precious pages of stories or knowledge without taking up an inch of floor space.
Check out the pictures and inspiration for this article in the Books on Display ideabook on Houzz. You will see a number of ways to use books as decorative accents in your home.
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