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Five Ways To Use Books to Decorate Your Space

March is a really cool month. Not only does spring begin (bring on the balmy breezes and the fresh flowers please!), but it's also reading month. You just can't beat a month that is dedicated to books.

In honor of this distinguished month and the literary tradition, we thought we'd share five fun ways to spice up your space with BOOKS! We don't always think of books as décor pieces but those favorite volumes and beloved collections can serve a dual purpose when put on display. Just take a peek below...

A stack of aged books topped with flowers.

1) Stack, stack, stack!

One of the easiest and yet best ways to decorate with books is to display a stack of them. This is a favorite go-to for me. Simply select some attractive volumes and arrange them on an end table, desk, or mantel. Choose books of differing sizes and colors to create an intriguing variation.

Artistically arranged books by Lauren Figueroa.

Books beautifying a mantel in a space by Lauren Figueroa.

A wine bottle and plant atop a stack of books.

2) Books + Houseplants

I didn't realize how much I love mixing books and greenery until I went back through my project photos and saw this duo repeated over and over again. There is just something organic and relaxing about combining the two.

A vase of flowers on a pair of books.

Books and a houseplant arranged by Lauren Figueroa.

A cute little plant on a book.

3) Use Unique Shelving

Sometimes it's less about the book and more about how you store it. Choosing unique shelving options can be a great way to make your books pop. Grand floor-to-ceiling bookshelves are perfect for a dramatic statement. Baskets and crates are also clever ways to both display and store your favorite books.

Books lined up in a crate in a chic living room.

A basket of books in a room styled by Lauren Figueroa.

Sweeping light blue bookcases.

Small modern bookshelves on a red wall.

4) Mix Books + Other Décor

While books look lovely alongside one another, mixing them with other décor can help them standout. Add in photos, lanterns, candles, vases, etc. for an appealing display. And remember, you don't have to jam-pack your bookshelves for them to look complete. Sometimes less is more.

Bookshelves decorated with books and other decor.

Weathered gray bookshelves with plants and books.

5) Create A Centerpiece

Books can also make creative centerpieces. Not only are they elegant, but they can also give your guests something to talk about. Just remember to cater to your table. Large, roomy tables will benefit from a collection, while smaller tables will need much less.

Ready to get decorating? We hope you're feeling inspired to break out those books and start spicing up your space. Happy reading month!

A large table with a centerpiece consisting of stacks of books and houseplants.

A decorative plate with two books arranged on top of it.


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