Decor: Styling With Books

What to do with all of those books! If you’re an avid reader like I am, then you constantly have a stack of books by your side; bedside, coffee table, kitchen table. etc. In addition to collecting these books to read, it is imperative that I keep the ones I consider “must reads” and donate those that do not meet the “bookshelf” cut. If you have a smaller house like me, then the dream to have a room dedicated to shelves of books is not exactly realistic. Even better than one designated bookshelf, I’ve started to use my favourite books to decorate our house!


  1. Coffee table styling: We have a white Ikea coffee table that allows me to change up seasonal decor, but one constant is to incorporate a stack of books according to the colour palette I’m going for. This was my Spring/Summer display.

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2. Bar Cart Decor: If you have a large book that you love, why not prop it up for display on something like a bar cart, or dining room hutch like I did with this Tom Ford one.

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3. Room Decor:  For bedrooms you may have some favourite motivational books you enjoy reading before bed or when you wake up. Why not create a visually appealing display beside your bed on the nightstand? You can add a candle, a decorative box, your favourite books, and you have a cute nigh stand centrepiece.

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Bedroom Dressers: In our spare bedroom I chose two beautiful bookends from Homesense to display another stack. I tried to stick to blues and greens, but the best part about a large collection of books is the variety of spine colours you have to play with!

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4. Desk Space: One of my favourite ideas for displaying my books moves past the need for shelving space. Beside our desk in the spare bedroom I’ve created a tall stack of books from ground up. It’s not fun when I want to lend one of them to a friend, but I do like the statement piece it became in the room.

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And for the desk top itself, I kept it minimal, I think there were enough books beside the desk! I chose a black and gold book to match the desktop colour theme, and country pride!

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5. Living Room Shelves: Another area I like to swap around decor with often are the three shelves in the centre of our living room wall. Right now I’ve swapped out the rainbow themed stacks of books for a smaller collection.

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I like the way the books add colour to the entire wall display! Easy decor pieces you already have!

6. Basement Decor: Lastly we have a table in the basement that I use to display travel books that fit the “library” themed decor I was going for in this area by the cozy fireplace.

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I find that once you throw a few books down, you can add those knickknacks that you love but aren’t sure how to display. Whether you stack them on top of the books or place them beside, they become great little accent pieces to your decor.

Those are my book decor ideas! Feel free to share your own in the comment section below!

Live Colourfully,

Kayla

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My name is Kayla Davis and my aim is to share the way I see the world through my rainbow coloured lens. This lifestyle blog will highlight some of my many passions: outfits, beauty products, travel, food, home decor, and books. Hope you enjoy, if so, check out my instagram for more colourful inspo :)

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