5 Ideas of Decorating with Books

Decorating with books seems to be getting popular these days and people are experimenting ways to use them for decoration. Some may frown at this idea but according to an article in WashingtonPost.

It used to be that your books said something about you. Today, that may not always be the case. Books are evolving as a decorating statement for their looks, not for their content. Some people adore having favorite books on shelves throughout their homes as totems of their literary […]

There are so many creative uses of books for decorating and the article presented 5 of them. The books used in some of the ideas are old books which would most likely end up in the landfills or recycled if not used like idea no 2. Now lets proceed with the first idea, a book arch.

The photo below shows what a book arch looks like.

5 ideas for decorating with books — guilt-free

This is an idea by a floral artist and wedding designer. Surprisingly such arches are popular with teachers! as quote by her in the post article. She also mentioned how these arches are constructed. It is aquite bit of work where there will be drilling and the use of metal bars to form the arch.

Julie James, a floral artist and wedding designer in the Pittsburgh area, says book arches are in demand for weddings and are especially popular with English majors and teachers. For a photo shoot, James bought a used book arch made of two lengthy pieces of bendable steel (rebar). A variety of hardbacks and paperbacks had two holes drilled in them and were threaded onto the arches, which were then secured into heavy bases.

The second idea is making headboard from books.

5 ideas for decorating with books — guilt-free

A popular online tutorial these days is how to make a stylish headboard out of books. In 2012, Kassandra Utzinger, a Vancouver graphic designer and blogger, wrote a post on her website Design Every Day (designeveryday.ca) about her bed. She had arrived in Canada from Australia and needed a fast, affordable design idea for her new apartment. “I was looking for some way to decorate in a personalized way,” Utzinger says. “I was inspired by seeing how Banana Republic was using books to display jewelry in their stores back then.”

The next idea is to arrange books according to their colors. This is known as color coding or color-coded books. An example is “The Wing”, a chain of women-only co-working spaces and social clubs, organizes books by spine color. Below is a photo of how it looks like.

5 ideas for decorating with books — guilt-free

According to Chiara de Rege, an interior designer with offices in New York and Los Angeles who decorates the clubs, books by female authors were carefully curated for club members to check out. One of the co-founders of the club, Audrey Gelman, was interested in creating a rainbow of color on the shelves.

“Audrey had been talking about a spectrum of color,” deRege says. “She is a total book nerd, and it was important to her that there be a library with relevant books that people would read but that it also have a cool rainbow vibe.” They organized books on shelves in the Wing-branded Pantone colors, which are pale pink, mint, navy, burnt orange, caramel and gray.

The fourth idea is known as tinted spines. It is another way of arranging the books to colors This is how it is done according to the article.

There’s another way to organize books by color: by the hue of their tinted page tops. The most popular page-top colors are blue and green, says Nancy Martin, owner of Decades of Vintage, which sells old books curated by color, as well as rare antique books. Publisher’s stain, the technical term for tinted page tops, was applied to the page edges of certain vintage books to shield pages from later damage because of dust and dirt. “It was a cheap way to make things look fancier,” Martin says, “and gave a series of books a competitive edge.”

Finally the 5th idea is coffee table decoration. This made use of books known as coffee table books. Which are oversized books and heavy on photographs. They are also a great way to make a statement.

5 ideas for decorating with books — guilt-free

The oversize, photography-heavy books stacked on many a coffee table have their own category in the publishing and decorating business: “coffee-table books.” These books often say something about the residents of a home. These books may be used to make a political statement or give clues to where the owners might have traveled.

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