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10 Beautiful Ways to Decorate with Books

10 great ways to decorate your house with books

Did you know that having books in your home is the key predictor of your child’s academic success?

It’s not even reading to them, not fighting the other parents to get your little precious into the Ivy-league tracked preschool, just having lots of books. Books matter more than if the parents attended college. Don’t blame the messenger; I’m really only talking about decorating with books today. I just wanted to poke some fun at all the helicopter parents out there worried about the precious child not succeeding in life if he doesn’t go on an archaeological dig and speak Mandarin before the age of 3. Heh. Here’s the study link.

You still with me? Good. Now let’s talk decorating with books.

How about going out into the garage, down into the basement, or up into your attic and grab a dusty box of books? Those books that have been long ignored but you just can’t bear to give away? Spend a bit of time reintroducing them to your life and strewing them about your home:  stack some on your coffee table, elevate a vase by putting a couple underneath, display a few in an unexpected place.

Pour some tea, grab a great book and pat yourself on the back.

Oh, what’s that? Need some design inspiration? So glad you asked…here you go!

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  • Stacks of books as art. 1 of 13
    Stacks of books as art.
    Why in my home does it look like clutter? :) Source.
  • Treat you books like the treasures they are. 2 of 13
    Treat you books like the treasures they are.
    How sweet is this? You don't need dust covers when you keep books behind glass..but the colors are so pretty! Source.
  • Soup’s on. 3 of 13
    Soup's on.
    Such a logical use of space. Time to get more cookbooks! Source.
  • Burnin’ down the house! 4 of 13
    Burnin' down the house!
    What to do with that non-functioning fireplace? Book nook! Source.
  • Have books, will travel. 5 of 13
    Have books, will travel.
    What a cute way to display books, especially in a kid's or playroom. Source.
  • Ex-squeeze me. I love this. 6 of 13
    Ex-squeeze me. I love this.
    Love this idea for a kid's room. Or gameroom. Or garage. Or... Source.
  • So clever. 7 of 13
    So clever.
    This would be adorable in one of my boys' rooms. Source.
  • Songbooks 8 of 13
    Songbooks
    Set the songbooks free from their cage. Or not, it's pretty cute, huh? Source.
  • Rise & shine. 9 of 13
    Rise & shine.
    Why doesn't every home have this? Source.
  • Rustic & chic! 10 of 13
    Rustic & chic!
    Love the artwork hanging from the shelf. Source.
  • BONUS: Stack ‘em. 11 of 13
    BONUS: Stack 'em.
    You can find old file cabinets at second hand shops for dirt cheap; makes a cute book holder, no? Source.
  • SECOND BONUS: A step up. 12 of 13
    SECOND BONUS: A step up.
    This would be awesome for a multi-level home. Source.
  • Okay, yes…this is 13. Couldn’t stop at 10. :) 13 of 13
    Okay, yes...this is 13. Couldn't stop at 10. :)
    New meaning to coffee table book. Source.

 

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