A home would be boring with no personality without them. Books play a major role in any environment, even in unexpected ways – stacked beside a sofa as a side table, arranged in a dramatic display atop the mantle, or resting in the seat of a curvy sofa.
Books need not be arranged standing up. Oversized art, lamp and books work together to create an eye-catching display. Books are nice stacked neatly on their side on a bookcase which helps to draw attention to the books themselves rather than the bookcase holding them. Books have versatility and can conform to any decorating taste. Anyone for whom bookcases seem overly structured, for example can choose to stack books on tables, cupboards, and even stacked up on the floor.
Incorporating a client’s books into an interior scheme is one of the quickest and best ways to personalize a space. And because books are so versatile, the same set of volumes can be arranged in dramatically different ways to complement any style of design, whether it’s ultramodern, traditional or somewhere in between.
Before we begin a room-by-room analysis of which types of books work best in which settings, we must first learn to view books as three dimensional objects whose colours, sizes and textures will help determine their decorative potential. Examine your own bookshelves. You may never have fully appreciated the rainbow of colour to be found there. Consider the aesthetic possibilities of grouping all the blue books together, for example or everything in the red family. The same goes for size and texture. Imagine a row of your smallest volumes or a stack of your thickets art books; large coffee table books, glossy and straight edged.
Keep in mind too, that bookcases and shelving alter the look and sometimes the layout of a room.
Set on a small antique stool, a stack of books becomes a stylish bedside stand. Confining the book colours to white, black, red and gray gives the arrangement a cohesive feeling and complements the room’s décor.
I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library – Jorge Luis Borges
Books whether set on a shelf or lying open on a chaise lounge become a decorative accessory in a room, as vital to the overall scheme as any piece of art furniture or bespoke drapery.
A small pile of books can also be placed beneath the bedside table. Keep your favourite title close on hand for nighttime reading.