Do you suffer from “tsundoku” (owning too many books)? These decor ideas will suit any bookworm, writes Bea Taylor.
Even with the digital revolution, books and bookshelves have survived as essential decor items for making a house feel like a home. In fact, the proliferation of electronic reading devices and accessibility of reading material online has given printed tomes a bit of a luxury tag.
Take coffee table books. Large, expensive, usually wonderfully illustrated or photographed and solely intended for casual reading. They’re guaranteed to have a stylish cover, and these fallback wedding or birthday gifts also double as decor items.
So whether you’re an avid book collector or simply suffer from “tsundoku”, the Japanese term for owning too many books that will never be read, here are some ways to display your literary collection.
Apart from being great reads, books also contain some great works of art: on their covers.
Instead of hiding their faces in a bookshelf, displaying them front on not only gives the cover art
its moment in the spotlight but also acts as an alternative to pictures on a wall.
Inexpensive and easy to install, this option gives you a gallery wall to swap out and rotate items as you please. Interchange books with framed prints and stylish cards for an engaging look.
Picture-ledge book shelves are a great way to bring in colour and encourage reading in kids’ rooms too. No room for a bulky bookshelf? Luckily books were born to be stacked.
Try vertical bookcases, or stack books in unused fireplaces or under coffee tables. It’s effortless, cheap and a stylish way to fill an empty corner. This may raise some eyebrows, but there’s a reason why colour-blocking bookshelves is a trend that endures: it’s eye-catching. In a white room with little else going for it, a colour-blocked shelf is an easy and cheap way to add colour.
If the rainbow effect is too much, books of similar colours displayed together on a small shelf has a harmonious look. Perhaps a controversial move, and bookworms no doubt will be scandalised, but for a neutral, clean look, display books with the spine facing the wall and the pages facing outwards.
This look can be used to create a geometric pattern when books are stacked horizontally and vertically up or across a wall or mantelpiece. For those who have only a handful of books but a lot of shelf space, bookends are great space-fillers, mini-library makers and decor accents.
Try bookends made from marble, rose quartz, polished wood or brass for a sleek, modern look.