One of my all-time favourite ways to decorate a surface is with a simple stack of books and an accessory on top (or book ‘topper’).
Like trays or risers, a stack of books is a great way to put a spotlight on a decorative object that has yet to find a home in your space. And like trays or risers, books can be placed just about anywhere in your home from consoles to sideboards, buffet tables to side- or bedside tables. By freeing your books from your bookshelves, you open up a whole new world of home decorating. Not to mention that a chic accessory placed atop a stack of books makes a space look elegant, but without being too stuffy.
To show you my favourite book topper ideas, I simply shopped my home. You probably have similar accessories and may be looking for a way to change things up (or pull some favourite finds out of the closet). Here are some fresh ways to display those items:
2. Geometric Accessory Holder
3. Spiky Gold Urchin
5. Unique Sculpture
7. Shed Antlers
9. Decorative Bowl
10. Snow Globe
11. Oversized Jack
12. Framed Photo or Print
Some final tips:
1. Keep your book toppers proportional to the size of the books you’ve used.
2. Toppers look best when they are not too tall.
3. If the colours of your books are competing with your topper or surrounding decor, try making matching neutral book jackets using craft paper or linen.
I hope this post has inspired you to free your books from your bookshelves and start decorating!