As those sepia-toned pages skip electronically across your e-reader, do you miss the feel, the smell, the pleasing sheen of a hardcover book pulled from the shelves of your home library? Do you realize you have a no-electricity-required-home-entertainment-center right under your nose?
Home designers and decorators are returning to the idea that hardcover books are attractive objects, especially when displayed in clever ways on unique bookshelves. Here’s a few ideas for zinging-up your home library:
- Why not face as many of your interesting covers on shelves that are eye level in “full-frontal nudity” style? If the book’s cover is the number one sales tool, exploit it to draw in readers.
- Tired of looking at those neglected, rejected dishes in your china closet? Replace them with books that will not only make the dining more convivial but also improve everyone’s digestion?
- Low on extra space? Look at all the display real estate you have. How about using hallways, bathrooms, even the Harry Potter haven under the stairs? Just hike over to your favorite DIY supply store, bring home some shelves, and fire up that saw and drill.
- Who can resist a book at bedtime? Choose a headboard that doubles as a book shelf.
- There’s a crazy idea in the home décor world of late to turn the bindings to the wall which seems like a misguided fad to “reduce visual noise.” How do you find anything? Why not just announce “I don’t think my books are all that interesting?”
- Save the leather-bound tomes for your attorney’s office. The true “tony” look is interesting books with interesting titles and eye-catching covers.
- Don’t organize by color scheme or wrapped in sheeny, marble patterned paper. Your readers will wonder what you have to hide.
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