I'm always on the lookout for ways of displaying books, especially as my collection grows. Even though I love the idea of stacking them up on the coffee table, I prefer to keep them out of reach of the kids, at least while they are little.
Bookshelves are a great solution, especially higher shelves that are out of reach from little hands. If the books are really old I remove the dust cover to reveal a simpler and often cleaner cover. Another idea is to place your books back to front as shown below on both the bookshelf and windowsill. The pages of the books create a calm and neutral palette alongside the warm wood and that incredible herringbone floor.
A simple concept, but one that works beautifully is this low-level shelf. Running the length of the living room inside the Paris apartment of architect duo Charlotte de Tonnac and Hugo Sauzay of Festen Architecture, see more of their incredible home here.
These next examples show how to mix up the placing of your books. Why not display those with beautiful covers as works of art? Or simply stack them this way and that, alongside your favourite objects.
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Positioning of the bookshelf is also important, with living areas and bedrooms being a popular choice. Slightly removed from the living area, this little sun-lit area provides the perfect reading nook.
Cosy in winter, with the option of throwing open the doors in summer, I can imagine taking a book outside to read in the sun. Bliss!