12 Tips for Using Books as Decor from Booth and Williams

Are you a Black Southern Belle who loves books and decor? We have something that you must add to your home decor resources. Booth & Williams just launched their new online shop that makes it easy to source vintage books, or collections of books, by color, subject and/or style. Booth & Williams stocks thousands of books; whether looking for blues & creams for beach house décor, pastel books about gardening for a sun room, or vintage children’s books for a chic nursery, this site makes it easy to find collections that allow designers to put their unique signature on any project.

Whether you are searching for a coffee table book or want to add your legal collection, these items are a great addition to a home library or for a small home office. You can never go wrong with a vintage look that doubles as a reading corner.


This country cabin decor is finished with books on the coffee table to make it feel lived in.

1)This is perfect for a vacation lodge or a mountain style main residence. Coffee tables are perfect places to add your favorite books!

Books provide a table decor element in this natural tone room. Southern flannel style drapes, decorative plates, and a shelf of books add dimension to this southern decor.

Whit and cream design with pops of yellow. Books shelf is here to add extra elements to decor.

2)Do you have taste for soft neutrals, this look is perfect and a great place to add a classic book as well.


Books add a depth to this earth tone room decor.


3)This beautiful end table is the perfect place to add your favorite books. This a great size to stack in your next decor project.

Books add a depth to this earth tone room decor.


4)Breakfast nooks are the perfect space to do some morning reading. Add a collection of your favorite morning inspiration here.

Books stacked neatly for decor in natural toned room.

5)A collection of books on a sofa table is always a classic look and a perfect place to showcase your personality and travels to your guests.

Books stacked neatly for decor in natural toned room.

books used in outside decor theme.

6)Do you have a favorite lantern or decor piece you want to display more prominently? Adding a stack of books to their base is a great way to enhance the look.

books used in outside decor theme. Green and orange are FAMU colors.

7)Books are not just for inside, if you live in a mild climate or have an outdoor porch or patio, don’t be afraid to add some book decor to your look.

books used in outside decor theme.

8)If you are short on space, you can repurpose any bench as a bookshelf. Pairing a rustic piece with vintage books is a great way to add texture to your space.

mini books to add to blue and sandy brown decor.

9) Never be afraid to use neutrals when it comes to books. These pieces look great in coastal homes and are perfect for reading breaks at beach homes. 

Decorative bowl on top of books. Chic and country decor.

10) A little color goes a long way. These books pull in all the colors of the decorative pieces and the furniture.


Patriotic red, white, and blue decor using books.

11)Do you have a simple white shelf that you got from Target or Ikea? Add some depth to the look with vintage books and if you are looking for a patriotic look, this is the perfect inspiration.

Orange and blue living are decor with books.

12) A fireplace is exactly where you should read a book and this combination of shelving and mantle books are perfect examples of how to style your home with books.




Michiel Perry

Michiel is a Black Southern Belle living a lowcountry life. I love all things fashion, home decor and southern! When I am not running around doing fun stuff for Black Southern Belle, I live in antique stores and have a minor obsession with historic homes 🙂

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