Books As Decor

They say “don’t judge a book by its cover,” but for many people, this is not always easy. For publishers and authors alike, the cover of a book has become just as important as the content. The same holds true for interior designers. In nearly every design magazine you can find a collection of books proudly displayed on a coffee table, built-in, or entryway. Because of their newfound visibility in the home, books are often chosen for their beautiful cover, colorful spine, or alluring title. They have become an aesthetic design element in and of themselves; bringing color, visual interest, and geometry to a space. The spaces pictured below demonstrate the many beautiful and unique ways in which you can incorporate books into your décor; creating small vignettes that are an expression of both your literary taste and your knack for design.

In this space, a collection of National Geographic magazines are used to add a splash of yellow. A great way to add a bold color, and I love how they are stacked both vertically and horizontally.

Miles Reed. Designers often hang pictures on a bookcase, using the books as the backdrop. The eclectic collection of books is a bit busy, but a great reflection of the homeowner's diverse literary taste.

To match the books with the rest of the decor, designer Randy Powers flipped the books around to display their gold pages. Such a brilliant idea!

The built-in bookshelves around the door frame makes for a grand entrance to the kitchen. The meticulously stacked books give the space geometry and serve as a counterpoint to the circular globes above.

I love how the books not only add color and visual interest, but also serve a functional purpose as side tables. The lack of any real table keeps the space minimalist and modern.

"Apartment Therapy: San Francisco Inspiration". I love the floor to ceiling green velvet drapes. They not only add drama and elegance to the space, but they can also conceal the books if you want to keep them out of sight.

I used the same photo for my entryway post, but this space is also a perfect example of how to create a beautiful vignette by showcasing your books. As the first introduction to your home, the entryway is a great place to express your literary taste and your style.

This is one of my favorite spaces. Filling the bookcase with books emphasizes the steep angle of the staircase; immediately drawing your eye to the triangular shape it creates. This is a great example of how the addition of books can give a space color, visual interest, and geometry.

Miles Reed. Placing a decorative piece on top of a stack of books makes the stack a part of the decor, rather than simply a place of storage.

The simple stacks of books on the console table immediately draw your eye to the beautiful diamond paned window and the unique stools stored underneath. Placing books in front of a window also creates a beautiful silhouette.

Domino Magazine. Stacking books and using them as a side table is a great way to maximize space and adds a fun element of surprise. I like the combination of both horizontal and vertical lines. The vertical lines of the roman shades and moulding on the cabinet, coupled with the horizontal lines of the books and Chevron print rug, creates great visual interest and geometry.

I love the collection of pink books! The pink adds a touch of feminism and glamour to an otherwise neutral moroccan-inspired space.

It is hard to resist the bright leather-bound albums and beautiful coffee table books at the Charlotte Moss Townhouse in New York. You can purchase them online at



3 responses to “Books As Decor

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    I like the idea of seeing the Charlotte Moss Townhome in New York City!!

    Alanna Dittoe

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