Tuesday, January 14, 2014

How to decorate with books

Whether you’re a book collector, bookworm or just the occasional reader, you’re bound to have some books in your home. Books add a soulful character to a room and show your personality through your selections. 

For the moderate book enthusiast, exposed shelving may also be a good option, as fewer books occupy fewer shelves and take less time and effort to clean.

Feature your prized tomes and favorite books in your home by considering some of these decorating ideas. 

Going dust-free

The hot and humid Philippine weather builds a lot of dust in homes. Protect your beloved books from dust by storing them in glass-front cabinets. This is particularly suitable for rooms where you don’t turn the air-conditioning on often, or at all, as dust settles more in non-air-conditioned rooms. This is also convenient, if not necessary, for serious book collectors, as cleaning every shelf of your extensive library may take much time and effort. 

Using exposed shelves

For the moderate book enthusiast, exposed shelving may also be a good option, as fewer books occupy fewer shelves and take less time and effort to clean. Exposed shelves offer a more relaxed ambiance, as opposed to glass-front cabinets. If you have a wide wall for installing exposed shelves, you may also create an interesting asymmetrical shelving layout, by not keeping the shelves aligned. Allow for some breathing room, or “white space,” as they call it. 

Showing off your books

Book covers and designs are an art in itself. Show these off in your display for an interesting look. Antique books, particularly hardbound ones, have great-looking spines. Arrange them vertically to highlight the spines. More contemporary books come in exciting hues. Arrange your books by color for a fresh take on book display. 

Incorporating accessories

Jazz up your book display by integrating some décor in the display. Employ stylish bookends. You may also repurpose accessories or even plants to use as bookends, as an alternative. Create some variation in your book display, perhaps with a couple of books lying horizontally with small accessories on top. Mix this with vertically placed books as well. - Aislinn Kee 


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