creative decorating with books

My Lustron is low on book storage, so I’ve always had a “keep only what we’re going to read or reference” rule. Buying vintage books for looks has been banned . . . until now. I started with a couple on the built-in shelves in the living room a few weeks ago, and I got the fever. I love the colors, textures, and even smells of the old books mixed into our “real” stacks. Those bumpy caramel and aqua linens just look so good with my modish decor!

vintage books and modern decor

vintage books and modern decor

I have books all over the house, posing as step pyramids and platforms for displaying small objects. If my vintage book habit grows, I’ll have to come up with more creative storage solutions. I’ll show you some of my favorite ideas after the jump.

When your book collection gets unwieldy, you can . . .

arrange them by color

books organized by color
When arranged like a box of pastels, an overflowing book collection is artsy instead of cluttered. Photo via {link:http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/jon-and-tykes-modern-cabin-house-tour-124778/}Apartment Therapy{/link}.

build a tall tower

tall tower of books
Julie Thompson used the Design within Reach Sapien bookcase to go vertical. Photo via {link:http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/julies-cozy-vibrant-revisited-120259/}Apartment Therapy{/link}.

take over the fireplace

books in fireplace
Books fill out this Deco fireplace much more stylishly than a played-out candelabra. Photo via {link:http://www.designsponge.com/2009/03/before-after-amys-louisianna-home.html/}Design Sponge{/link}.

strap them to beasts of burden

books strapped to deer
I wonder if our blind dog Moonpie would be up for this job? We’re always teasing that he’s not helpful enough around the house. Photo via {link:http://www.designsponge.com/2008/07/sneak-peek-somethings-hiding-in-here.html/}Design Sponge{/link}.