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5 Ways to Decorate Using Books

My mother-in-law recently shared a news article with me about decorating with books. Books are apparently the new candle. If you think about it, it’s sort of genius.

You have people over, and immediately the books that line your coffee table or mantle instantly become a talking point. “Oh, I’ve only read the first book in this series. How are the sequels?” “I didn’t know you read Dostoyevsky?!” (Who does, really?)

In my home, my books mainly hang out in their books shelves, or in drawers when the bookshelves get overloaded. I do, however, use books as decorations under my glass coffee table and under my TV stand.

The space at the bottom my TV stand that I've decorated.



Some other suggestions are to:

  • Stack a pile of books and use them as a side table

From Real Simple magazine


  • Showcase them as wall art by installing a floating bookshelf (I love this!!)


  • Spread books out on a coffee table and use them as the centerpiece OR create a coffee table of out books


  • Utilize any free space in built-in nooks


  • Use unconventional props to show off your books



Also, you can always place books on mantles, cabinets, display cases or line them up on any flat surface and book-end them.

In looking up information about this post, I saw a picture that showed a fireplace stuffed with books! I thought that was really creative! Although if you actually live in a state where you need to use your fireplace, 100 books stuffed in your fireplace might be kind of annoying.

How do you use books as decorations in your home? In fact, I’d love to SEE your lovely book accessories! Email me photos of your lovely bookish decorating at lisa@readbreatherelax.com, and I’ll compile and post them later this week!

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Beth

    Having books as a table is great idea! One that I think I might use.

  • http://ems-reviews-books.blogspot.com/ Ems

    I absolutely LOVE the floating bookshelves and the built-in nooks. Fantastic!

  • http://www.jennielyse.com Jenni Elyse

    My husband is a minimalist. He doesn’t like knick knacks or stuff like that. He does, however, like books. So, this may be a way to decorate our house that serves both of our needs and wants.

  • http://skyink.net Jinny (SkyInk.net)

    Love these! Although I’d probably have a heart attack if someone spilled a drink on my book coffee table :O

  • http://booksbeforebed.blogspot.com Scarlett

    *gasp* I LOVE that floating bookshelf. I HAVE to have those one day, just a room full of them and then I will only read magic books in that room because those would make me feel like a magician! Nooks, though are classic and I adore that tea tray with books on them! What a clever post! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • http://www.handsandhome.ca Bonnie @ Hands and Home

    I love the idea of this, and certainly love to have my books out in the open but with kids I can see a major problem with using a stack of books as a side table (in my home that would last for about 5 minutes before that tea was spilled all over those books!). I might have to get some floating book shelves though because those are fantastic (and out of reach!).

    • http://www.readbreatherelax.com Lisa@Read.Breathe.Relax.

      That’s so true! I’m sure my cat would make them tumble down eventually too! I love the floating bookshelf idea, too! Some people are seriously geniuses!

  • Melissa Hayden

    I don’t think I could do this. My books aren’t big enough in size. But I would be knocking them all over and making bigger messes. lol. These are some great pictures though. Thanks!

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