Decorating Your Home With Books: 20 Ideas

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If you would like to add some color and depth to your home, you do not have to make a major renovation. Have you ever considered utilizing a collection of books to achieve this goal? It may sound simple or strange, but in fact you can enhance your home decor a great deal with some books.

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Books will inevitably be placed in a bookcase, shelving unit or showcase. They will help to accessorize the look of the room where they will be placed in a simple and subtle way. The place where they will be placed needs to be chosen wisely. Besides using them for decoration purposes, they should also be easily accessible for whenever you need to browse through them. There could be certain areas in your home which could be used to house your collection of books. Spots such as around door frames or built-in alcove shelvings could really give a nice effect to your home, while also making good use of spaces which could otherwise have been left empty. Books can look great wherever you place them. You should never limit yourself to a study room, a living area or a library. They can be placed in other rooms or areas all over the house.

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If you have the advantage of designing the shelving from scratch, make sure to make wise choices. Make some sketches so as to try and come up with interesting designs which will not only look good, but be also spacious and space-savers. A local joiner may be able to give you some suggestions too. Bear in mind that your collection may expand, and so you should allow for some extra space for other books which you may buy in the future. Another good idea would be to add some built-in lighting. It will illuminate the books on display and add a nice touch to the room’s ambiance.

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You could organize the books by size or by the colors of their spines. You could try to cover the books in identical jackets too. Make sure the colors complement one another. There are various other interesting options you might consider. For instance, if you opt for invisible shelving you would give the illusion of having freestanding books.

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Combine your books with frames and other ornaments and mementos to create a unique style. In compact spaces, printed book-lined wallpaper will add a witty touch and create a talking point for your guests.

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Wallpapers that deceive the eye, such as stylished bookshelf designs, add drama and depth without impacting on the space, so they are perfect for creating theatre in small rooms.

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You do not have to spend a fortune to decorate your home with books, but it is certainly a great way of creating a charming and cozy ambiance.

Melina Divani

Melina Divani is the owner and creator of angelshealingandrecoverychurch.org. Interior Design is her infinite passion without stop. Follow Melina on

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