Books are one of the easiest and cheapest ways to decorate your home quickly! Here’s 14+ ways to decorate with books around the house.
I don’t know if you know this but, I love books…specifically I love vintage books. I love the story that comes with the wear and tear shown on the antique books. The faded colors and worn down covers. The antiqued pages and the obvious love. There’s just something about them that add so much life to a room.
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Books add height, color, story, texture and dimension to a space when used a decor. For all these reasons and more, I started selling books on Etsy last year. It all started with paring down some of my vintage book collection, which had gotten too large for me to give it the love it deserved.
But when I realized that people loved buying decorative books online (and I loved searching high and low for gorgeous books), it was really a match made in heaven. Some of my favorite sales over the past year were the custom ones where I was able to work directly with the buyers to find just the perfect books to tell their story or fill their shelves with the perfect sized set.
Because the decorative books in our Etsy shop have been such a hit, I wanted to take a step further here today and share some of my favorite ways to use the books you could buy in our shop. Whether you’re decorating shelves or looking for ways to save money on wedding decor, there’s so many ways to use books to decorate!
14+ Ways To Decorate with Books
This can be a pretty controversial topic, so some people may hate you for turning the book spines around. But I, personally, love the neutral look that it brings when you face the pages outward on the decorative books.
It's always nice to keep a book or two by your bed for late night reading, but they can also function as decor on your nightstand or bedside table too!
Of course, one of my favorite things when decorating with books is adding them under items to add a little height to your shelf decor and bring variety.
I used a ton of vintage books on our wedding, which is one of the many ways we saved money on wedding decorations. Check out these other genius ways to save.
Decoupage a book cover
Learn how to create a picture on the spines of books with decoupage. It is a fun way to add detail and texture to any bookshelf, home or office.
Rip off the covers for an unbound look
If you don't like the cover on the book, simply take it off and voila! You have a farmhouse style unbound book that styles well on the coffee table or really anywhere in your home! Make it even cuter when you wrap some vintage lace around it or tie some jute twine to hold a stack together.
Use them in the kitchen on shelves (add in cookbooks!)
One way to bring books into the kitchen area to decorate with books is to use them on your open shelves and built ins and add in some cookbooks too. Love the mix shown in this kitchen!
Cover book covers with fabric or paint
Covering books with burlap fabric or painting old hardback books is an easy way to give decor elements a touch of texture!
Make book bundles for shelves
If you love decorating with books. Then you will love this post on how to make book bundles for home decor accents.
Make your books look antique in minutes
This hack is so cool, you can make new books look old with little effort!
Paint the covers so they fit with your decor (or work for the season)
This is such a fun and affordable way to refresh your decor for spring (or just update your color scheme) is to paint the covers of the books.
Paint and stamp the edges of the spines
Create your own farmhouse decor with this stamped books DIY tutorial using cheap paperback books, chalk paint and rubber stamps.
Use the book pages as a wreath
You just need some book pages for this fun project! This wreath turned out so cool.
Use them in between bookends to style cabinet shelves
Book ends are a great way to decorate with books and add some extra style. Love these bunny book ends that Liz Marie is using in this cabinet.
There you have it! So many fun and creative ways to decorate with books around your house or at your next big event!