How to Decorate with Vintage Books

Since my teen years I’ve been a collector of vintage books. I love their colors, their decorative colors, and the musty smell of old book pages. It’s hard for me to resist running my fingers over them at the flea market, and once I interact with them, they’re likely to come home with me. My expanding collection of books creates a need to be creative in decorating with them around the house. Here’s some ideas on how to decorate with vintage books in your own home.

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Book cases are the obvious place for tattered pages. Group them by color for visual impact on the shelf.

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A simple stack of books are always pretty and intriguing.

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Color coordinate vintage books with their surroundings. Creamy books look perfect in a shabby chic environment.

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Vintage books tend to have prettier covers than their newer counterparts. They look beautiful in a romantic vignette.

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Red and blue books line up on a shelved cubby hole in the bathroom.

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Consider pairing two types of collectibles. Vintage books provide a perfect pairing with white ironstone. I collect both and will combining my collections this fall.

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Red, cream, and blue vintage books create a patriotic vignette.

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An illustrated book page adorns a wall and is just as appealing as any oil painting.

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I know some people don’t like to dissect old books, but vintage book pages add eclectic style to a bathroom. If you don’t want to destroy an older book, you could buy newer novels at a garage sale and use the pages for art.

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One of my favorite table settings incorporated vintage books into the centerpiece.

Vintage books used in table setting centerpiece

 

I also enjoying using vintage books on the mantel and elsewhere. They’re perfect for propping up bottles and adding height to shorter pieces.

How to decorate with books - vintage mantel

 

Stencil letters or words on books to create an interesting display.

Stencil words on books for unique decor

 

My most recent vintage book project is my funky DIY knife holder.

Vintage books used as knife holder

 

A simple way to decorate with vintage books is to simply line a few up inside an open suitcase.

Books in suitcase for unique vignette

What are some ways you’ve used vintage books in your home decor?

 

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  1. Marlene Stephenson says:

    I love old books,there are some beautiful coverings on books. when i was young my we moved into a really old house and fixed it up, there were some old books and i have them, they have beautiful covers, i have a set called “The Pocket University” published in 1924.

  2. I love. love, love vintage books. We have a book store that carries many old books. I can smell them as soon as I walk in. Nothing like it.

  3. I too love old books and wish I had more in my collection. Hopefully, in my finished updating, there will be a special place for them. I am “romanticizing” my bedroom (even though it’s just me) so plan to use them somewhere there.

  4. Tina Carpenter says:

    Good decorating post. Plus, you can never have enough books, ever!

  5. I love books. You have given us some fantastic ideas for using them. Most people would say that I have too many books, but now I have a good answer—they’re part of my decorating plans!!!

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