Believe it or not, you can shop your home for some of the most effective design tools needed to enhance the look of your space. Take books for example, besides using one of your favorite tomes as a coffee table décor item, you can also sit a pretty vase on top of books, decorate your backyard (yes, you read that right!) or buy a selection of decorative books for your shelves — who doesn’t love a good shelfie moment! But that’s not all. Below, we’ve got some simple tips on how to use books for decoration from Booth and Williams, an online portal and resource for designers and homeowners interested in vintage and modern book décor.

Books for Decoration Tips from Booth and Williams

According to Justin Krewatch, founding partner of Booth and Williams,”Books are a great way for homeowners to creatively express themselves through the colors, eras, topics and textures…and we’ve made that process incredibly easy and affordable.” Here are some of their top book decorating tips:

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1. Inspire early readers

Vintage children’s books add charm and style to a nursery. Choose beloved fairy tales or your favorite stories from when you were a child. From Nancy Drew to the Hardy Boys to Beatrix Potter, you can pass down your love of literature by surrounding your little one with books.

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2. Clearly literary

Take advantage of a Lucite or glass-topped table to showcase books stored on top or underneath. It maximizes unused space and creates a visually striking tableau.

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3. Chic page-turners

Books on style and beauty are a natural for a dressing table, boudoir or powder room. Select biographies of fashion icons, photo books of jewelry or gowns, or coordinate by color.

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4. Let it grow

Pair your love of gardening or flowers with books that complement the décor of a sunroom or balcony. Create a pedestal for a vase of fresh cut flowers with a stack of books with botanic prints or show off your sunflowers next to books on Van Gogh.

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5. Add sophistication to a man-cave

A man’s room is a place to relax and enjoy himself, and what better way to relax than with a library of well curated books. Volumes about vintage automobiles, classic sports or history can enhance the masculine appeal of the man’s retreat.

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6. Fuel the fire

Create a cozy library-like nook for a collection of books on top of a working fireplace or even within a non-working fireplace. Stacked vertically or horizontally, it’s a creative way to store books, adds a nice design element to the room, and best of all, all the books are easily accessible should you want to cuddle up to one on a stormy night.

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7. Table it

Stacked high next to your sofa, or atop your favorite suitcase or other prized possession, books can serve as an enticing focal point or double as a functional end table or place to display your favorite lamp or other objet d’art.

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8. Tell your color story

Much like using paint to make an accent wall pop with color, books can have the same effect. Vibrantly hued books will stand out against a white or taupe wall, and a soothing palette of neutral books can do the same in a brightly colored space. You can even buy books “by the foot” in the exact color that complements your décor!

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9. Coffee table conversation starters

Are you an art history buff? A gourmet baker? A world traveler? Assemble a group of books on subjects that hold a special place in your heart and make them the focal point of your coffee table. Not only do they look great as living room décor, but they can also be great icebreakers with your guests.

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10. The luxury of leather

Leather-bound books, with their gold-embossed spines and cloth bindings, are the epitome of old world elegance, and add an air of sophistication to any library, study or home office.

Try these books for decoration tips to revamp the look of your space! For more decorating tips check out how you can make your house feel like home with simple interior design tips.