I’ve been a reader all my life, and I love the idea of reflecting that in the surroundings of my home one day. There’s just something so cozy-feeling about being surrounded by books. So many are connected to specific memories at different points in our lives, and we often connect them with home.
You can easily transfer those warm and fuzzies into every (or most) room of your home. Let’s get started.
This one doesn’t have to be obvious. You can include bookshelves throughout the home, in places rather unexpected, to actually bring books into your space.
You can feature a floating shelf or two in the kitchen to display your cookbooks, and some of the same in the living room, to encourage some casual reading for visitors.
One of my favorite pieces is a bookshelf at the foot of the bed, running the full length. It provides both easy access to bedtime reading and an extra surface that can be converted into a seat or some more room for the books.
There are some great ways to breathe new life into the pages of an old book. Page prints make for wonderful wall art and can either be made yourself or purchased from an Etsy store (or even from one of your favorite local artisans).
Want more books in the kitchen? Glue four or five books together, wrap ribbon or twine around them, and use them as a knife block!
Creating a specific space (or two) for reading is a great way to incorporate reading into your décor, and you can do this so many different ways.
If you’re blessed with a window seat, surround it with books and make it a place where you can comfortably sit or lounge around for a while with a good book.
Or, set up a comfy chair near a window and a bookshelf. If you’ve got a corner to spare, look into hanging a rope hammock from the ceiling. It’ll become your new favorite place to relax, day and night.
Personally, I wouldn’t be able to do most of these to any of the books I currently own. I have too much of a personal attachment to them. If you’re like me, I would recommend visiting a local library book sale or a used book store. There, you can look for a genre or style of book you want for a specific project.
The money is going to a good cause, as the author already received their share of things when the book was first bought. And your home is seeing some major improvements in the eyes of book-loving visitors to come.
Kayleigh is a content writer with a BA in technical writing/literature and an MA in creative writing. When she’s not at work writing, she’s at home writing, reading, or binge-watching television shows… for research, of course. A big do-it-yourselfer and crafter, Kayleigh loves testing out projects and gifting them to friends and family—all in preparation for when she owns her own home one day and decorates with her own personal creations. Her work has appeared on The Writing Cooperative and as an Honorable Mention in East Meets West American Writers Review.