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Accessorizing With Books

The following post is from Myra of My Blessed Life:

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Books have been a well-employed home decor accessory for hundreds of years. Wonderfully huge walls of books decorated libraries in historic homes such as the Biltmore Estate and Sir Walter Scott’s Abbotsford.

Today, books are still one of the greatest accessories you can add to your home.

Books Are Inexpensive and Easy To Acquire

My favorite places to look for old, vintage books are thrift stores and yard sales. I look for books with character — those that are beautifully aged are the best.  Another great place where you can buy old, used books is at a library book sale. I typically pay 0.25-2.00 for a book. For me to pay more than that, the book has to be amazing.

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Books Are A Rainbow of Colors

From neutral ivory, tan, khaki and brown to bright primary tones, books are available in just about every color imaginable.  Books usually look their best without the slick and shiny book jacket, so don’t be afraid to take it off!  If this makes you nervous, just have a box dedicated to book jackets, so you will know where they are if you need one.  Sometimes a mix of colors works well and other times a theme of coordinating hues works even better.

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Lean Them, Stack Them, Prop Them

This is my favorite part! Books are incredible for styling rooms. They are beautiful leaned, stacked, or propped. I have used books to accessorize shelving units, to create height under a candle holder or just to lean up beside a lamp.  If you are a very brave soul who doesn’t read shelved books every day, you may consider turning all of your books around to let the neutral page edges show.

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Let Books Shine!

Take advantage of the style and character of books and show them off. Whether in children’s rooms, home libraries, living rooms or anywhere with a flat surface {ha!}, let books speak for themselves.

Accessorizing with books is a way to score big bang for your buck.  There is truly no more frugal, visually impacting, beautiful accessory to be had.

Have you used books to accessorize your home?

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.