Decorative Book Covers

11 Jun

You can learn a lot about a person from the books they choose to display. If you were to examine my bookshelf, you would discover that I’ve traveled to Barcelona and Athens, have an affinity for chic lit, and am learning graphic design.

I love that books come in all sizes and colors, however if you’re sticking to a particular color scheme, like in my case, a book in a color outside your story can totally throw off the aesthetic you’re trying to achieve.

The two main accent colors of our new master bedroom are yellow and purple, pulled from the vibrant print that covers our upholstered headboard (pictured here). I had no books with purple jackets and all our yellow books were already on display in the living room. Luckily, I had some pretty scrapbook paper in my desired color scheme that I could use to cover a few of the books.

The recovered books turned out great and now fit perfectly in the decor of the master bedroom. The process was very easy, here are some of the supplies you will need:

  • Scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, butcher’s paper or fabric
  • Paper trimmer or scissors
  • Tape
  • Pen or pencil
  • Book

I used 12 x 12 inch scrapbook paper. Even though it didn’t cover the entire book, it was enough to cover the top and side that would be visible when stacked. If you wish to cover the entire book, then I would recommend using wrapping paper, butcher’s paper or fabric.

We all have items in our home that are not display worthy (like some of my husband’s engineering books). Superficial changes, like recovering a book in a fun print or color, can totally transform an item into a beautiful piece of decor.

xoxo, Andi

2 Responses to “Decorative Book Covers”

  1. Laura June 18, 2012 at 11:21 am #

    Love this and it is so easy to do.

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