"A room without books is like a body without a soul." Cicero is better remembered for philosophy than decorating, yet his words resonate for anyone interested in creating warm and welcoming interiors. Stacks of books artfully displayed on end tables, shelves, or any flat surface add a personal touch to a home and are a decorator's best kept secret for balancing color and visual weight in a room.
Scroll through the slideshow for simple ways books can add elegance and impact to just about every room of the house.
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Books Add Flavor
The open shelving on this center kitchen island artfully bridges the functions of the kitchen and family room. The mix of stacked and upright books, combined with platters and other kitchen crockery, keeps the presentation practical and informal.