A shelf full of books is a joy to behold. Even with today’s digital technology in the form of eBooks and tablets, the hardcopy version is still enjoyed and, as a display, they look fabulous with the right treatment. A great book collection requires a great bookcase or bookshelf and an ability to think outside the square when coordinating your books with your other homewares. If you consider yourself a die-hard book fan, take a look at these decorating ideas for a home that embraces reading!
The Case for Books
Your bookshelf or cabinet is a place for you to showcase your collection of reading material, so don’t allow a shabby unit to let you down. Ensure your books are kept in great condition and looking their absolute best with good-quality shelving. There are many options for you to choose from when considering purchasing a bookshelf, from glass-paned display cabinets to floating shelves, movable units on wheels to built-in shelving with storage. And remember that a few carefully chosen ornaments can really complement your collection, so allow room for those extra, decorative embellishments.
If you’re looking for something a little different to the traditional bookshelf, explore the many interesting and unusual bookshelf designs such as twisting or vertical shelving, or even bookcases made to look like trees or other amazing structures.
A Dust-free Zone
Okay, so we are well and truly immersed in the digital age of books and not all of us can imagine life without our digital devices or, more importantly, how we ever kept those bookshelves dust-free! Yet a full-to-bursting bookshelf still holds a place in our hearts – a feeling of welcoming and comfort. To achieve the look without the hassle, why not try wallpaper with a repeated hardcopy book design or perhaps some framed covers of your favourite titles - something you can admire while you sit with the latest bestseller downloaded onto your tablet.
Take a Seat
A comfy place to relax with a great read is a must. Close to the bookshelf or book wall feature is ideal. Create a space for you to enjoy reading time with a designer chair and a soft cushion for extra comfort. A side table for your pot of tea or glass of wine will be the finishing touch!
Bookworms will love the range of reading accessories available: cute and quirky bookends, soft furnishings with book-themed designs and even crockery with classic titles printed on them. It seems our love of books knows no limit! Have fun with your book collection and enjoy shopping for items that will display your passion throughout the whole house!
Get the look…
• Source a good quality bookshelf to display your collection. A good shelving unit will last years and show-off your books to best advantage.
• If you love books but not the dust, consider an alternative way to show your love of books with imaginative book-design features such as book frames or book wallpaper.
• A comfortable and stylish reading chair with a gorgeous side table are perfect companions to your book display. Create a special space to take full advantage of your passion for reading.
• Have fun with the quirky and creative book accessories on offer.
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