Bookworms like me are continuously reinventing and rearranging our collection of books to display different titles according to their color or style preferences. My book collection has evolved into much more than just a library throughout the years. Rather, it has become a source of inspiration for interior design and a source of creative energy. When it comes to decorating your home with books, you don’t need a bookshelf to get creative. As someone who is always looking for creative ways of organizing my books, I’ve come up with a few ideas that I hope will inspire you.
Stack books on your bar cart
With a bar cart, you can store your favorite collectibles and glassware, as well as a few bottles of your favorite wine or liqueur, in practically any room. However, just because a bar cart is meant to hold barware, doesn’t mean you can’t put your favorite books on it as well. Stack books, a plant, and perhaps a small lamp on the bottom shelf of a cart to make your own mobile library.
Mix books with pictures
I prefer to have my favorite books displayed as works of art on my bookshelf, rather than categorized and put away like clutter. The more beautiful book covers can be moved to a picture ledge or wall shelf with some framed pictures to create a gorgeous gallery of mixed media art, restoring the bookcase’s purpose and freeing up valuable shelf space. A new and unique focal point will be created that will free up space on your shelves.
Display your books on (or below) a windowsill
In terms of reading nooks, there are few things better than those located near windows that let in as much natural light as possible. Pull some of your favorites off the shelf and put them in a place where they belong, right next to your favorite reading area. For those times when you just can’t resist curling up with a good book, a window provides a convenient area to put them on display and keep them close at hand.
Use a hutch or buffet for book storage on display
If you’re looking for an attractive and functional bookcase, then hutches are the way to go. You can use it as a buffet table in your dining room when you have visitors around, or as a media console under a TV or behind a couch. Assembling a bookcase full of your favorite coffee table books and classics in your dining room to house your media console or hutch will give your space a cohesive look and feel while also providing a nice change from the usual internet cables or kitchenware.
Take advantage of storage spots that are hard to reach
We all have those high shelves or empty places in our homes. Store stuff you don’t need every day in high-ceilinged shelf units or above kitchen cabinets with unused storage space. Create visual interest in a room that would otherwise be boring or empty by placing one or two oddly-sized coffee table books on display.
Display books on the mantel
In addition to candles and plants, mantels are wonderful places to exhibit a variety of decorative items. Displaying an ornamental keepsake conspicuously in your home is best done on a mantel. If you happen to have a fireplace and an abundance of beautiful books that you’d like to show, why not put them on the centerpiece of your house? Make your book stacks look more like a piece of art rather than a storage unit by sprinkling in a few ornamental pieces.
Store books in the fireplace
Neither at all. This is not an ominous call to action or a hint that you have an overabundance of reading material. Having a fireplace that is no longer functional might be a great opportunity to display your literature. The hearth is an excellent choice if your mantel is currently occupied by a TV or a huge artwork or décor accents. Decorative candelabras and stacks of logs are often found in fireplaces that are no longer in use, but they can be used in a variety of ways (and functionally). Make use of one or two decorative things while arranging the books in a deliberate, opposed stack.
Stack them vertically
A neatly arranged stack of books evokes feelings of nostalgia and serenity. Stacks of books on the floor can provide visual interest in the same way that bookshelves do. To add an unexpected design element to your living room, office, hallway, or entryway, place your favorite books on a windowsill or along a baseboard. Turn the spines of your favorite books in for a more visually unified stack, or face the spines of your favorites out for a colorful jumble. You’ll immediately notice a shift in your room’s creative vibe, and you’ll be able to reach for your favorite books faster if inspiration strikes.
Use a decorative ladder
To add a dash of unexpected visual appeal, ladders can be a fun and creative option. They add height, and the frames they use are usually subtle enough not to detract from the stuff you’re displaying. Color and texture can be incorporated into your space by putting books on a ladder, allowing you to exhibit them while keeping them orderly.
Stack underneath a bench
Because of their ability to lend regularity to a wide variety of goods, benches, like fireplaces, are good places for purposeful clutter. There are a number of ways in which a book’s dimensions can vary. A bench in your hallway or at the foot of your bed is a great place to put a horizontal display of fascinating book spines or stacks of books at varying heights. By placing your books in an unexpected location, you’ll not only add aesthetic interest to your room, but you’ll also save space.