Book your space...
The American author Fran Lebowitz
said, “Think before you speak. Read before you think”. Books stretch our minds
but did you know that books can also serve as an interior-design style?
Whether your style is minimalist,
rustic or cluttered, books can add texture to your home. The trick lies in
displaying them. If you have many books, you can create a wall of books in a
bespoke bookshelf that suits your needs. We no longer stack shelves from tall
to small spines… mix them up and spruce your shelves up with ornaments or
pictures and vertical piles next to horizontal books.
The legendary British interior
designer Simon Temprell says for a
“contemporary interior, consider arranging your books in blocks of colour for
an abstract effect. Alternatively, turn your books around, putting the spines
to the back, to create a textural effect. If you are looking for something
sleek, cover your books with white craft paper and create a stylish antidote to
the traditional library.”
those in the know say that grouping books in the colour of their spines is the
best way to display them in a space where you need a calming effect.
If you have a
large selection of coffee-table books, consider an elevated shelf in a
complementary colour to that of your books. Play with how the books are
arranged – stacked books create awesome podiums to display art, sculptures and
more. Start with the books, paying attention to the detail on the spine and
then add small pieces of artwork and decorative objects making sure they are
all at different heights. Odd numbers are always better than even.
Temprell says: “Create
a traditional row of books that takes up one third of the shelf and then prop
them up with a small stack of books lying flat, topped with a small ornament or
plant. It is important to consider the spaces you leave empty just as much as
the spaces you fill.”
Use a handful of books as a centrepiece on a
sideboard, mantlepiece or window, in the colours of your scheme, or stack them
in the corners of your coffee table as a basis for a vase or figurine.
In the kitchen,
display your cookbooks along with your potted herbs and wooden boards, or
a random interior where books are read and loved gives a lived-in, authentic
feel which is just as appealing.