How to Control Your Book Collection #nationalbookloversday

Home Stager with Tori Toth, International

Book lovers everywhere know a book collection can easily get out of control - taking over a corner, tabletop surface even an entire wall. On National Book Lovers Day, take a moment to display your collection as home decor to reflect your literary tastes.

National Book Lovers Day, celebrated on August 9th is a day for all those who love to read so find your favorite reading place, a good book and schedule some time to do what you love and read the day away. You can even support an author...(hint, hint). You can grab a copy of our home staging book, Feel At Home: Home Staging Secrets for a Quick & Easy Sell

Yes, you read them; you love them; then you put them on a shelf and basically forget about them. Displaying books in a home can set a warm and comforting mood in a space, while showing off your intellectual lifestyle. A dusty library doesn't have to be an afterthought, make it a page turner with these seven ideas to decorate with your books.

Mix n' Match Ways

Style your shelves or built-ins with books of all sizes. If you have a massive collection stacking all your books vertical (like you'd see in a library) could get a bit boring and redundant. Try displaying books on the different axises- both vertical and horizontal to direct the eye, create interest and add personality.

national book lovers day
Photo Courtesy:

 Book Themed Accessories

Consider bringing a book's theme or collection you may have to life by adding accessories on the shelf that reflects the book's subject matter. An example of that is dressing up your travel section with maybe a statue of the Eiffel Tower, binoculars, a map photo or some other item you may have picked up while traveling. Or what if you love marine life, then use books on that subject on the shelf with shelves, ship wheel and sea creature. All you have to do is place similar themed books on one shelf and accessorize as needed.

Room Coordination

Who says books all have to be corralled together in one area of the home? Place books throughout your home depending on the book's theme. What does the book talk about or teach? For instance, if it's a cookbook place that book in the kitchen to easily be able to access a quick recipe. Where do you feel most comfortable reading? If it's in bed, then have some of your favorite reads displayed on the nightstand. You can place books just about anywhere in a home including: a kid's rooms, family rooms even the garage -- just avoid having books or magazines displayed in a bathroom they become germ infested reads. Click here or on the image below to see the entire 7 ways to decorate with books.

national book lovers day

Posted by

© Copyright 2016 Tori Toth, International.  All Rights Reserved.

By Tori Toth Celebrity Home Stager, Best-Selling Author & Lifestyle Expert      





Comments (3)

Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I am not proud to admit that I'm not a reader, never have been a keeper of books. I do love to use them for decorating though!

I continue to be amazed at how large book collections can be. I've had sellers with multiple rooms full.....makes for a very heavy move!  LOL

Aug 29, 2016 06:13 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I'm confess I'm a book hoarder. But I'll be keeping them and buying more. In fact, there is a plan for a "library" in my next home.  Must husband gets his man cave and I get my library.

Sep 03, 2016 03:51 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Tori Toth ,  I am not much of a book reader, but my wife loves to read, so I had to make a library for her and her books.

Sep 09, 2016 12:20 PM