Stylish Ways of Decorating Your Home With Books
You may not have thought about this, but books are probably one of the most efficient, versatile, and budget-friendly forms of décor. Here at Hamptons at Home we love our books; they’re much more than just a hobby or coffee-table dressing to us, they’re our passion and we believe they deserve more than just storage. We’ve recently discovered it’s not only the cover of our books we love, they’ve become our go-to for styling inspiration.
If your home is filled with much-loved books, we’ll dedicate this post to offering some creative ideas for displaying books and bringing originality to your living space.
Styling Your Home With Books
For most of us, our books are not just a hobby or coffee-table dressing; at Hamptons at Home we believe our books should be celebrated and displayed in home libraries or other spaces in our homes to create rooms that are as beautiful and stylish as any other room in our home.
Books don’t necessarily need to be stored upright, unless of course they’re in and out of the library. At Hamptons at Home we’ve decided to create a shrine to the written word and create a display of book décor that’s unique to our own homes. Let’s face it, books can be just as telling of our personality as a piece of metal wall art or a gorgeous vintage clock.
Books can be stored upright, horizontally, on their side, or even used as a decorative stand to support a lovely lamp. Books can be arranged according to genre, their colourful covers, or divided into paperbacks and hardcover. They can be arranged on the floor beside a lamp or chair or placed on the living room coffee table to create an appealing yet distinctive display of elegance.
How about a book display in the entryway? Imagine being greeted by your favourite books every time you enter your home! This is a great area to style; just make sure you select the right books. We suggest choosing design, art, or fashion books with beautiful linen or Chanel black-and-white binders. When styled with a piece of coral or a candle on top, you’ll mostly just see the binders. What an elegant entrance to your home!
Books on the bedside table? Absolutely! Your bedside table is the perfect location to create a go-to library for all your favourite bedside reading. Besides being extremely functional, what a great way to style your bedroom. Place a sconce or lighting fixture alongside and you’ve created a stylish bedroom library.
Different Ways to Decorate Your Home With Books
Many of us have had the traditional ‘library style’ of books in our homes at one time or another, and this kind of library can be very satisfying, but there are many unique and inspirational ways of styling your home with books that you may not have considered. Many living room styling ideas are centred around a coffee table stacked with books. While these books typically have special memories and can set the tone and/or colour palette of a space, they also promote a cultured vibe to any space. Let’s take a look at some other book-styling ideas –
- Stacked: Stacking doesn’t need to be perfect, meaning your books don’t need to be layered like a pyramid ranging from the largest on the bottom and smallest on top. Mix it up a little to give the appearance of a casually stacked arrangement, much like you might find in a working library.
- Framed: What better way to preserve and showcase a loved songbook or family heirloom. Choose to frame it closed, or open at a particular page.
- Out On Display: Your books don’t necessarily need to be tidied up and stacked neatly all the time. What better conversation starter than an open book, especially if it’s displaying a beautiful double-page image.
- Coffee Table Décor: Create your own coffee table décor using books, trinket boxes, flowers, or other interesting objects. Change out the books from time to time, according to your current interests.
The Flexibility of Book Décor
Book collections are typically composed of small, uniform parts, which means they can be remixed to suit any purpose. The books turned sideways and stacked on top of your nightstand could easily be used to line your windowsill. How about elevating one of your planters with the books from your coffee table? Why not add texture to your kitchen by lining your countertop with the cookbooks currently tucked away in a drawer? You could sort them by alphabet or colour, turn them horizontally or vertically, leave them on their own or stack them.
Book décor can work for anyone, because almost everyone can find a book they’d love to read. Regardless how vast or tight your collection may be, or how vibrant or neutral, cluttered or empty, a collection of books can be worked into almost any space.
Dedicated Home Libraries
Chairs: If you have a dedicated library in your home, the furniture you place in the room will determine the feeling and style of the room. Adding some classic chairs will add a dash of elegance to your library.
Reading Nook: The seating in your library will be the (almost) most important part of enjoying your books. Reading is all about comfort. Do you have space to build a reading nook into your shelving?
An Artistic Touch: Add personality to your home library by adding some art to the mix. It could be hung on the bookshelf itself, making it all part of the same display.
Highlight Other Collections: Perhaps your book collection doesn’t take up much room, so why not use this space to display other things you love. It will add character to your library whilst making good use of the space.
Home Office Library: Books in your office don’t need to be dedicated to business. Your home office makes the ideal escape for some peaceful reading.
- Mix book sizes for a natural, less polished look.
- Don’t forget to rotate your books – dusty books are not stylish at all!