1. DECORATE COLORFULLY
When decorating our homes, we tend to gravitate towards plants, art, and decoratives to introduce that final layer of decoration, then why not books? These are beautiful, and bring warmth, color, and character to any room. 'I love using books as styling for areas, and what better way than to display them than in a rainbow, color coordinated fashion,' says Charlotte Sitton, founder of Organised by Charlotte. 'Not only does it look beautiful but it's also easy to find what you are looking for.'
2. CONSIDER YOUR COVERS
For an alternative gallery wall idea, why not consider your book collection instead? The only problem is, unless you're solely buying books for their aesthetic value, you have a little less control over the shapes, colors and sizes you have to work with, however, it's not impossible to claw a little of that control back.
3. ADD BOOKS IN UNEXPECTED AREAS AND ROOMS
There are some places in your home that you're more likely to find books than others, but don't rule out somewhere less expected that could benefit from the love a stylish, overflowing stack of books could bring.
4. USE THESE AS RISERS
If you have lovely accessories but are a little diminutive, place them on top of a few stacked books to give them height and visual weight. This will also help create more interesting coffee table decor. Consider creating a color clash with muted books and vibrant accessories, or vice versa.
5. FILL UP THE COFFEE TABLE WITH BOOKS
In fact, one of our favorite ways to display books is on the coffee table, and this new trend for stacking coffee table books is one of the coolest ways to style your home right now.
6. LEAVE A BOOK OPEN
'I find it nice to have a closed and an open book or magazine next to each other, you can choose your favorite page and display it for guests to enjoy,' says Kashi of Yam Studio.
7. ADD BOOKS AROUND NOOKS
In a world gone cyber, there's a charm to the look and smell of ‘spined’ accessories. One interesting way of decorating bookshelves is to create one in an alcove with a rounded wall, that adds further interest. Built-in cabinetry flanking a fireplace or television may be common, but one by a window seat lends whimsy and creates a lovely reading corner.
8. MIX THEM UP WITH DECORATIVE OBJET
Books are a window into your interests, personality, and liking. Perusing someone’s bookshelf reveals a lot about a person. Conversations get started around books. Friendships get formed.
9. CURATE FUN VIGNETTES WITH BOOKENDS
Many people feel books are sacred and should be displayed only with intention. But don't miss an opportunity just because you feel you can't have fun with them. Bookends are a great way to not only bring attention to your books but even create a smart or even light-hearted setting.
HOW DO YOU ARRANGE BOOKS FOR DECORATING?
For an interesting living room or bedroom color idea, consider color blocking with books or arranging them in the shades of the rainbow so that they immediately stand out in the room. Also, apart from color-coding, if you want to be able to access your books/library daily, opt for organizing the books alphabetically by author or by genre, for easy accessibility.