The Best Ways to Use Vintage Books

When my husband and I were first starting out, we wanted to achieve a Restoration Hardware or Pottery Barn look on a dollar store budget.  I’m so glad that we couldn’t afford to just whip out $35 for book bundles and decorative accents, because it forced us to create similar looks with items we already had.  I’ve always been an avid reader and some of my favorite treasures to pick up at flea markets and thrift stores are vintage books.  They are harder and harder to find for a great price now, so when I do snag some, I love to come up with multiple ways of incorporating them into my home decor.  Here are some of the best ways to use vintage books when decorating your home.  If you don’t have vintage book, you can rip off the covers of paperbacks and tie with some dollar store jute rope and get the same look for a fraction of the price!

Vintage Books in Piles

Place themed vintage books in piles on side tables from Alexis Brooke Lane

Organizing Books By Color on Shelves

Use them to fill bookshelves.  Organizing by color creates big impact for not much money – from Daily Mail Online UK

Vintage Book Bundles Stacked and Tied with Jute

Fill baskets with books – remove covers and bundle stacks together for a neutral and rustic look from Alexis Brooke Lane.

Vintage Books Stacked on French Provincial Chair

Stack a few on a decorative chair – Photo from Cedarville Farmhouse 


Vintage Book Wedding Centerpieces

Use as wedding centerpieces or favors – photo by Inspired By This


Create Succulent Planters and use as accents on vanities or dressers. – Photo from Apartment Therapy

What are some ways you’ve decorated with books? Please share your ideas!