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4 Simple Ways to Decorate with Books

The following post is from Myra of My Blessed Life:


Whenever I rearrange the accessories in my home, I usually use books to help change things up. Decorating with books is an easy, inexpensive way to add a punch of texture and color. Finding books at yard sales, second-hand stores or the library used book room is one of my favorite things to do. Old books have such great personality.

Decorating with books has endless possibilities.

Here are my favorite simple ways to use books in my home decor.

1. Stack

When arranging a mantel or table vignette, books are perfect for stacking up as “faux risers.” It can be a little boring to have everything on the same level, so adding varying height with books is a perfect solution.

2. Accessorize

Books are probably one of the most inexpensive accessories. For 0.25 each or less, it’s easy to find books to decorate bookshelves. If you prefer a strictly neutral color scheme, use books that are black, grey, brown, cream and white. And if you enjoy a punch of color, accessorize with bright and happy colored books.

3. Craft

Thanks to Pinterest there are a multitude of book page crafts that have been done. From wreaths and ornaments to wall art, flowers, decoupaged book page eggs and book page trees, the creativity is astounding. If you struggle with crafting, try working with book pages. The cost is minimal, so if you don’t like how a craft turns out, just toss it and try again.

4. Turn Them Backwards

This one will probably make some of you cringe. In our last two houses, we had book shelves in our living room. I got so tired of seeing all the book spines with all their various colors staring at me all the time. It was just busy to me for some reason. I got a wild hair one day and turned all the books around with the spines toward the wall. I loved the calm that the white and ivory pages brought to the space. If you’re bored with a bookshelf in your home, just try turning the books around and see what you think! You might be surprised.

Do you decorate with books at your house?

Myra has a B.A. in Interior Design and is currently self-employed. When she’s not spending time with her little man, thrifting, creating, shopping or working on a project, Myra enjoys date nights with her husband and blogging at My Blessed Life.