Feeling Bookish? 35 Book-Inspired Decor Ideas
What’s black and white and read all over? Book-inspired home decor, of course! All jokes aside, we’re total bookworms here at Brit HQ and we love seeing projects and products that bring the bookish aesthetic out of the library and into the home. While we don’t support destroying perfectly good books in the name of DIY, we do think that old and outdated books (think old encyclopedias and dictionaries) deserve opportunities to find new life as beautiful decor. These 35 products-to-buy and projects-to-DIY will have you dying to crack open a book in your newly decorated space.
1. Library Wallpaper ($37): Have you been swooning over organized-by-color bookshelves on Pinterest, but not willing to invest the time to do the same to your own? Get the same look with this fun library-inspired wallpaper.
2. Upcycled Book Key Holder ($15): This is a pretty way to keep you from losing your keys and it’s awesome to see vintage books getting new life as decor.
4. Hardback Book Lamp ($140): You can buy this pretty lamp, but we’re thinking it’s ripe for a DIY attempt.
5. Bookish Wall Clock ($16): What time is it? If you’re a book nerd like us, it’s always time to read! This clock is would be a fun addition to any library or home office.
6. The Storybook Rug ($296): Once upon a time, there was a really cool fairy tale-inspired rug. We swooned. Everyone lived happily ever after.
8. Literary Coasters ($22): Show off your literary prowess at cocktail hour with these classics coasters.
9. Dictionary Wall: Brush up on your vocab while making your apartment look totally trendy! We love the idea of doing this with an old dictionary once you’ve upgraded to a more current version or a favorite book with worn-out binding. (via Apartment Therapy)
10. Crane Mobile ($26): Recently, we’ve been into interesting mobiles that can serve as decor for rooms that aren’t nurseries. This mobile combines traditional origami with old book pages and the results are beautiful.
12. Fables and Feathers Duvet ($300): Read a bedtime story… off your duvet? This cover is printed with Aesop’s Fables so you can drift off to sleep with inspiring stories in your head. While it’s no longer available via Anthropologie, you can find it over on eBay or Amazon.
13. Penguin Wallpaper ($87): Penguin books are classics for a reason: they’re well designed and they encompass a lot of really incredible literature. Show your support for the greats with this fun wallpaper!
15. Custom Book Thumbprint ($400): A little pricey, this project takes your favorite book titles and turns them into a custom thumbprint poster. We’re thinking a DIY might be in order.
16. Book Mirror (price unavailable): We can’t find anywhere to actually purchase this one, but it’s a shame. This cool mirror replicated the look of a stack of books and is a perfect way to check out your outfit for the next poetry reading.
17. Book Pages Pencil Cup: We’re pretty sure every aspiring writer needs one of these on their desk. Simple and pretty, they make a visually-appealing addition to the desk without being overwhelming. (via The 3 R’s Blog)
18. Quote Prints ($24): These minimalist prints feature quotes from great authors and corresponding illustrations. Which is your fave?
19. Book Stair Decals ($95): These decals turn your staircase into a giant bookcase. Awesome!
21. Lumio Lamp ($125): This lamp, which looks like an open book, will keep you reading long into the night.
24. Folded Book Decoration ($75): Available in number or letter options, this Etsy shop turns old books into beautiful sculptures declaring your special digit or initial.
26. Literary Quotes Dishes (price upon request): Handwritten on ceramics, your favorite authors’ best quotes join you for dinner. We’re betting you could take on this project in DIY form, particularly if your literary tastes run a little less mainstream (or change day to day!).
34. Vase Disguised as a Book (currently unavailable): Can you spot the impostor? Okay, so it’s not that hard, but this design for a vase is still pretty rad. We’re dying for it to be available for purchase and in the meantime are brainstorming ways to hack it ourselves.
35. Harry Potter Cupboard Under the Stairs: If you’re still waiting for your Hogwarts letter to arrive, you’ll love this project. A dedicated Potterhead wrote an entire chapter from Deathly Hallows under her stairs. We’re loving the symbolism and how quirky the results are. (via When Boredom Strikes)
Which of these products or projects has you inspired? Are we missing out on any awesome book-related decor ideas? Let us know in the comments below!
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!