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Using Books in Home Décor


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Decorating with books doesn’t necessarily mean turning a room into a library with sets of leather-bound books. However, books can lend a cozy and timeless feel to any room with just a few decorating tricks. Here are some ways to use books to warm up any space.

Judging a Book by a Different Cover

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Judging a Book by a Different Cover

Nothing brings more life to a room than a living thing. Give the room a breath of fresh air with a little oxygen from a luscious green fern or a tall weeping ficus. But don’t settle on the typical pot and plant jig. Be imaginative, and make your own terrarium with a fishbowl, various small plants and some pebbles. Or, experiment with gravity by growing ferns, ivy or vegetables in upside down planters. If you prefer more simplicity, try by putting some field plants such as golden dry grass or seed heads into an old wine bottle.

Bookshelves: Practical and Beautiful

Bookshelves can add decorative elements to a room, while still providing practical storage space for your book collection and other items. If you do want the full on library feel, fill an entire wall with just books. Put the prettiest books at eye level, and organize the others accordingly. You can also use covers to create new looks as described above.

For a lighter touch, mix books – both stacked horizontally and vertically – with other decorative items such as framed photographs, paintings and art objects. Make sure the effect is balanced and proportional, both within each shelf and throughout the entire bookshelf.

Bookshelves: Practical and Beautiful

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Tables and Other ideas

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Tables and Other ideas

Coffee table books are always a popular design choice because they can be used in a variety of ways. They can add specific design elements in a neat, tidy stack, and also function as a base for photographs, small vases of flowers or other items of interest.

And don’t be afraid to get even more creative. If you are a book lover, book storage is always an issue. Dramatic looks like floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and creatively shaped bookshelves or furniture can significantly increase your storage space, while adding style and interest to your home.


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