Book collection (or any kind of collection) and minimalistic decor might not strike well together. So, since it is all about balance, this post will guide you to create that balance. Also, how to decorate your space with your books for a minimalistic home.
You might not be a literature lover. Because not many of you are still reading books or magazines because of the screens and a busy life.
Yet amidst that bunch there are few of you who can’t get your hands off from some memorable books or could be an admirer of how the book smells like. C’mon I know you even consider your guests to pick one and flip the pages while you are preparing them something to drink. Normal stuff!
You are a reader or not, you sure love to display some books in your living room and/or bedroom. Cheers to you Instagrammer!!
I don’t mean that you are showing off, but anyway it’s good to show off what you possess right? So for you, this post is about how to decorate your austere home in a clean, simple and organized way with books that you own. Because I know it is a bit difficult to maintain minimalism at home for a book-lover.
I read blogs on zen living, slow living and on leading a clear-headed lifestyle (wabi-sabi). From where the awareness and importance of reading a book practically, has slowly crept its way back into my life.
I do have books that I am possessive about even after reading it twice. Some books that look good. Some books that smell great. And some books that are so valuable that are a keepsake (collection).
But since I am slipping into minimalistic decor mode, it is a bit hard for me to not keep all of them with me. Rather have only the ones that bring joy and means a lot to me.
HOW TO ORGANIZE YOUR BOOK COLLECTION?
So the first step to decorating your stark house with books you love is to keep only the books you really love.
How to sort them out? Well…
- An autobiography reader can keep the ones whose personality and aims match with yours.
- Love for books on profession (like I have books on home decor)? Then keep the ones that match your style/way of working.
- If you have novels, well throw them all because such stories are eating your space. Except, of course, if you are an avid reader of Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings or likewise. But trust me, in no time you will not value them more than your change of taste on reading.
- Some books are kept as a keepsake, for future (kids or home guests). In such a case, have a collection of not more than three. The ones for lifetime enlightenment.
“Books can also be regarded as embodying stale Chi if you’ve already read them or they’re out of date.”
This is exactly the step where you intend to let go. And minimalism is all about that!!
CREATE A BOOK READING ZONE
Next concern would be, where to place the books to get a cosy reading zone. For which you need to first decide on, which area of your home do you feel the cosiest.
For many of you, it can be only one, and that is a bedroom. In that case, it is definitely a nightstand or a side table, where you’ll place the books.
But if there are spaces other than that, then arrange a seating around. Am sure you might be one of those also, who would love to display a rack filled with colourful book-spines.
You can also transform a dead space within your home into a book-reading corner. In my case, it’s the dining space. Cuz whether there are any guests or not, we eat sitting down on a carpet. That’s why Sapan and I transformed the spare dining space (which was a dead space), into a reading corner.
STYLE YOUR HOME WITH YOUR BOOK COLLECTION
After that, comes the step, to display the books and how to style them around.
Well, if your house has inbuilt shelves then they are the best bet. Otherwise stylish wall-mounts with sleek geometrical lines are a great take on minimalistic decor.
Even window sills are a great place to stack your books if you don’t want to clutter the space with extra furniture bits. Plus who won’t prefer a lot of sunlight while reading?
Chairs play a primary role here. I like to read books in a bean bag. For some of you, it can be a bed. But if you fall asleep in bed and hence make a choice to get away from it. Then make sure you have a very comfy chair with a GOOD backrest. A chair, not a sofa rather, else that too can become your bed 🙂
For kids, I would suggest having a separate section for their books and keep the reading area different from their academic reading chair-table zone. That way they get to keep and understand leisure separate from their daily education hustle.
The book reading space can be styled with candles or string lights, a throw, and a huge painting on the wall or a few photo frames. And make sure to get your favourite and stylish plants to charm the zone. You can also separate that section by putting up a wallpaper or a rug.
I understand, that organizing your book collection is the biggest and ugliest frog that you need to eat first. But when that’s done, life will start to seem a bit sorted than before.
Why I like to weave minimalism with collections is that the more the materialistic things, more time, care, attention and maintenance goes towards that stuff.
After all, who wants to spend time in cleaning the dirt and cobwebs collecting around them every once a while?
Tell me how many books do you have at your place? And how are you managing them? Is it hard for you to get rid of any of the books at all?