Whether you love to read or not, you have to admit that books have a place in every home. For many literary lovers, books are a great way to get lost from the everyday stressors of life and escape to another world. Even if you aren’t a lover of books, displaying them throughout your home can bring a beautiful ambiance as well as create a backdrop for seasonal publications and decorative display items.
If you want to find creative spots throughout your home to display books as decoration, here are some creative tips.
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Choosing the right books for display:
When using books in your interiors one of the most important factors is what the books look like from the outside. If you have a collection of books that you love to display, than aesthetics of size, color and proportion may not be an issue for you. While if you are trying to coordinate your home decor and interiors then choose books that blend or compliment the surrounding furniture, textiles or even wall color.
It isn’t necessary to get overly concerned with colors, as books look natural when they are varying heights, sizes and color. Make the decision if you want your books to make a statement when people enter the room, or if they will enhance the backdrop of your interiors.
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Choosing the right display technique:
Furniture designers have found countless way to creatively showcase your favorite literary finds, from bookshelves and built-in architectural cabinets to freestanding and custom shelving applications, there is a perfect solution for your home. Assess your space and discover hidden areas you may have forgotten about: over doorways, under stairways, and bare walls are ideal places to start. Decide if you will need to access these books on a regular basis, if so ensure they are easy to reach with little effort.
For rooms that your books add ambiance more than function; consider housing books high up on a home office or library wall. Library ladders or step stools may be required for shelves that are too high for arm’s reach.
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Let the architecture of your home speak your design style:
The architecture and design style of your interiors will help you decide if your open floor plan warrants an eye-catching book display in the center of the room or if your traditional-styled home office will look better with bookshelves flanked on either side of windows. Borrow aesthetic cues from windows, doorways, ceiling heights, columns, and even cabinetry and furniture placement can influence your book display options.
For minimalist interiors choose low profile credenzas and book displays and in traditional or ornate rooms choose shelving that commands attention with intricate details and architectural visual interest.
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If you are trying to determine what to do with that stack of books piling up in your garage or you have just started to collect books, here are inspiring ways to liven up your interiors. Let your personal style and the architectural style of your room help you decide how to beautifully showcase those collections of wondrous books.