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Book Styling Tips for Home Staging and Decorating

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Add character and charm to any space in your home by decorating with books. Try these easy ideas whether you're staging a home for sale or decorating it for yourself! Decorating with books is a fantastic way to add character and charm to your décor. They come in a variety of colors and sizes that make them versatile enough to be incorporated into any vignette. We love to use them for both home staging and decorating because of how stylish and useful they are.

Typically, you’ll have some books lying around that will work perfect for staging and decorating. You just want to make sure the spines and covers are colors that match your home décor and complement whatever books you are putting them with. You can’t go wrong with white or black, but you choose more colorful options if you want a pop of color.

If you don’t have any on hand that work for this purpose, you can find them inexpensively at thrift stores or you can go on Amazon and choose from a variety of books with beautiful covers. Usually, the fashion and décor-related books have the chicest options.

Books can be used just about anywhere in the home for décor, but there are a few spots in which we use them the most. Here are some tips on staging with books in those areas.

Tips for Decorating with Books


The entryway offers the first impression anyone will get of your home, so styling it with charm and character is important. A console table is perfect for most entryways because you can get them in a variety of sizes and styles to suit your needs. Plus, you can stage them with chic décor, which is where books come in handy. A small horizontal stack of books, for example, can be the base for a stylish knick-knack to provide height to balance out a lamp or vase of flowers and to add some extra character to the vignette.

Coffee table

The coffee table is the most popular place to decorate with books. There are a variety of ways in which you can use them based on the type of coffee table and size of it. You can create a grid layout with large coffee table books for a modern look, stack a few books and place a knick-knack or vase of flowers on top for some height, or even fill a tray with books to add layers.


Whether staging or decorating, less is more on bookshelves. This is particularly true, however, with home staging where we recommend keeping your shelving as clutter-free as possible. You can vary the look of your décor by getting creative with the book styling. Mix vertical and horizontal stacks of books, place stylish décor in-between and on top of stacks, and lean books for a casual look.

Bedside table

Books are perfect décor for a bedside table. If you want to give your table lamp some extra height and character, you could put it on a stack of books. You could also put your alarm clock on a stack or a pretty piece of décor such as a vase of flowers or a candle. They are also great for filling lower shelves on a bedside table.

For more tips on staging shelves and surfaces, click here! >>

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