Books are quite the staple in our home. We are a family that loves to read. While we read on Kindle a lot these days, nothing beats holding a real book in your hands and turning those pages.
I even have a large collection of home decor and knitting books. I haven't purchased any in several years.
There's another great thing that you can do with books! Today is all about…..
Decorating with Books
I am so excited to be a member of this fun group organized by my friend Cindy from County Road 407. Cindy also happens to be first up on today's tour so welcome if visiting from there.
I am really excited about this hop. I adore all things vintage, collected and cozy. Things that tell a story and don't feel brand spanking new or straight out of a catalog. Don't get me wrong. I have a lot of new decor, but when it intermingled with vintage, antique and thrift store finds; It creates a lived in look that has evolved through the years.
I was about to style and photograph new vignettes for you to share ways to use books in your decorating, but I realized that I have an entire archive full of ideas already.
Ways to Use Books in Your Decor
- elevate items in a vignette
- add color
- add texture
- fill space
- create balance
This is a recent vignette in the family room that is actually still in place. I love the way it turned out.
Let's take a look at this vignette and why I chose these books.
When decorating a vignette with books, I always try to coordinate the book's colors with the decor.
Notice that the book on the right pulls colors from the vintage oil. The green book on the left also coordinates with the oil and the faux hydrangeas.
Another addition to the layering is with the tray. You'll notice that I use trays a lot in my vignettes.
Here are a few trays that I love!
Most of my vintage books have been given to me by my mother. Look for them in thrift stores and antique shops. You can sometimes buy little bundles.
This was a recent vignette in the kitchen. This isn't a photo that I used in a recent post, but I wanted to pull in closer for you. These are newer books. I love removing the jackets when I use them in vignettes. The covers can be so beautiful. Here I needed to elevate my vase just a bit to get it over the height of the cloche. Here is my Amazon storefront with my picks of all things blue and white. I keep researching and adding more.
I tend to leave my jackets on my interior decorating books. You can find a lot of my favorite decorating books listed HERE.
Here is a popular reading area in our family room. I recently moved this antique ship captain's chest by this chair because I moved the small side table to our bedroom. This was a little low so I created height to extend the table. I love using little decorative dishes as coasters.
I've enjoyed getting some of the books off the shelf in the office to enjoy.
You'll always find books on the coffee table.
In our bedroom, I kept things fairly neutral for spring with pops of pink. I used one vintage book to elevate the vase. I went light and neutral so the vase with flowers would be the focus. Visit our spring bedroom HERE.
Here you can see another look on the coffee table with more of my beloved decorating books. Spring home tour.
I even use books strategically in my Craigslist secretary find.
Even the HGTV home that I was invited to tour in January, used books throughout to decorate. You can see that complete tour HERE.
Can we just take a moment to notice just how gorgeous this dresser is!
Those books get used here quite a lot! You can find the footed makeover tray HERE.
This is just too funny going through the archives. The same little 2 books must love each other! Our Christmas tour is HERE.
Do you see the little book here? You can see our Christmas bedroom HERE.
The same 2 books made a friend in this vignette. Ha, ha! This used to be dark mahogany. I am so happy with how this makeover turned out. You can see it HERE.
I use this basket a lot. It has an unstable bottom being a basket. To give it a more level surface for decor items, I usually add a book or two.
I even decorate with books on the screened porch. I do not leave them out there over the winter….only during the months that we actively use the porch.
I hope you've been inspired to use books more in your decorating. Do you have some creative ways that you'd like to share?
Up next on the tour is the lovely home by The Painted Hinge. Be sure to stop by for a visit.
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