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How to Decorate Your Home With Books

“Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks.” ― Dr. Seuss. For thousands of years, people have immersed themselves with written literature. So many people are avid book lovers. And if you love books and want your home to reflect that, then this guide is for you. Keep scrolling to check out how you can decorate your home with books. 

Build a Bookshelf

First and foremost, the easiest way to decorate your home with novels is to build or add a bookshelf. Books are normally meant to go on bookshelves, so it will be the fastest and simplest way of showing off your massive book collection. However, these shelving units are not only for novels, but you can also add other decor pieces and pictures. If you need help assembling or building a bookshelf, do not be afraid to reach out to your town’s local handyman. 

Create Floating Shelves

Floating shelves are all the rage right now. But did you know that you can create these shelves out of novels? That is right. Books make excellent shelves. We recommend using hardcover books that are sturdy and firm because they will be holding items up to a few pounds. Floating shelves out of novels are also great if you have a specific room theme. For example, if the area is nautical, then you can add books about the sea to fit the theme. Since installing books is not the normal task that most homeowners complete, you can contact your local contractor to help you get these novels nailed into your wall. 

Pair with a Floral Arrangement

Flowers and books go hand in hand. Maybe it is the elegance or the sophistication, but many homeowners like to pair the two together as decor pieces. There are many ways to combine the two. Some designers like to stack books on top of each other and then place a vase of delicate flowers on top, while others prefer opening the book to a random page and placing a floral arrangement in it. Do not be afraid to play around with different set-ups or different areas. 

Frame Special Books

You can decorate your home with books that have a special meaning or are collectible by framing them. Since normal frames only hold thin photographs, we recommend using a shadow box to fit the book. Before buying your shadow box, measure the width, depth and height of the book to guarantee to get the right size. Many craft stores will have shadow boxes, but you can also visit a professional framing shop or online to find other options. 

Create Stands or Legs Out of Them

If you are a crafty individual, you can decorate your home by using books as stands or legs for lamps or tables. While creating one of these, you will want sturdy and firm books (preferably hardback ones). You will also need screws and a drill, and anything else that will help you keep everything up. This project is one that can take you a few days, so make sure you are ready for a longer project. However, if you do not have the time, but still want the piece, you can commission an artist or contractor to help you. Once completed, viola, you have an instant statement piece in your home. 

Fill Every Nook and Cranny

Just like how the great Dr. Suess says, fill every nook and cranny of your house with books. This decoration idea is perfect for anyone who has a ton of books and not enough space in one area to place them all. Therefore, go ahead a place books anywhere you see free space. That empty corner in the bathroom is begging for a couple of novels or that nightstand that has too much empty room, go ahead and place one there. Plus, by the end of it, your entire home becomes the statement piece. 

If you are a book lover, you never have to worry about piling all your books in one place. Instead, by following one of the tips above, you can easily decorate your home with your favorite novels. And if you need help building anything with these books in the Belleville, O’Fallon, Edwardsville or surrounding areas, call Valor Home Services today.