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Whether you’re looking for a recipe, a definition or a mid-afternoon escape into a fictional world, books are a great thing to have in your home. Your personal library can also double as a design element. More 
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What types of books should I add to my collection?


This largely depends on personal preference, but every household can benefit from a few basics. Even if you’re not much of a cook, make sure your kitchen is stocked with a few cookbooks in case you’re ever in a pinch and need to make something fast. Pick up a few art or photography books. Not only might you find them inspiring, but they’ll also look great on your coffee table. Even in today’s tech-savvy world, reference books still remain helpful and will be great tools for the kids. Fill your shelves with a few classics to read as a family. At the end of the day, as long as you buy books you love, you’ll be pleased with your collection.

How can I turn books into décor?


There are many ways to easily turn your book collection into décor, whether it’s comprised of leather classics, cookbooks or coffee table books. Use them as stacking elements in vignettes to vary the levels of different objects, or place them beneath a reading lamp to raise its height. Arrange them by color in your bookshelves for visual appeal, or lay some flat while others remain vertical. Have some available floor space near a bare wall? Stack hardcover books in varying sizes on a vertical shelf for a sculptural tower of literary reads. Have fun collecting your books and displaying them — you’ll be surprised how artful your collection will suddenly appear.
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