Do you have a collection of vintage books, but never know how to use them in your decor?
I always encourage people to keep their eyes open for vintage books when they are out thrifting. But, finding them at a great price is only half the battle. Incorporating them into your home in a way that you think is beautiful is a whole other ball game.
There used to be this amazing rummage sale in town that would only be open once a year. I’d mark my calendar for the last weekend in July and get there 45 mins early to stand in line. Vintage books were only 50 cents a piece, so as soon as the doors opened, I’d make a beeline for the back wall and buy every single one.
Gasp! Maybe I shouldn’t have told you that. If you live in my town, I probably just ticked you off.;)
It’s a rough world out there when it comes to rummage sales, I tell ya!
But, oh, those colorful covers and classic fonts. All that character in those textures and patinas. If I could find intriguing titles and rough cut pages- even better!
Now see, you’d make a run for it, too, wouldn’t you?!
So, now that we have established the importance of securing said vintage books, let’s dive into how to decorate with them.
3 Ways to Decorate with Vintage Books
Filler pieces- use them on shelves, in baskets and to add needed height.
- This seems to be a controversial decorating move, but turn your spines inward or remove the covers entirely for a more neutral palette.
- Likewise, create covers with linen or papers.
- Even painting them can look beautiful- my favorite looks are white or gold.
Display by color, this is especially effective for seasonal decor!
- Other ideas include organizing them in ombre or rainbow patterns, especially in children’s rooms.
And the most unconventional of all is to use your vintage books as wall decor.
- This could mean book pages taped to the wall as wanna-be wallpaper,
- Thin display shelves with covers facing out like you see in children’s rooms
- Or framed book pages
So, I guess, that was more than 3 ideas. I got a little carried away, but I hope you got some new inspiration just the same. And remember, old books are a staple for the vintage diy decorator. Always keep your eyes open for them.
The other place I like to get them when I am in a pinch is Etsy. See examples below.
Happy Decorating, my dears!
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