Whether you just can’t bear to give up your college textbooks (they represent so many hours of studying!) or have always had a passion for the written word, books are piling up in your apartment doesn’t have to be a bad thing. In fact, they can be used to execute some easy apartment decorating ideas! Whether you have decorative books in your possession or just want to know how they should be organized to bring some order to your apartment, decorating with books is easy if you know where to begin.

Organize Your Bookshelves

Strategically organizing your bookshelves can transform an entire room! You have a few options available depending on the decorative scheme that you’re going for. If you prefer a modern look, separate your literature by the hue of the book jackets, then organize them by color on the shelf to achieve a rainbow effect. You can also create an innovative “I just threw this up there but actually spent hours perfecting it” look by placing your books on shelves alongside knick-knacks and photos. This will require a bit of an artistic eye, but stacking some books vertically, others horizontally, and placing items for display on top or in-between can create a cozy, lived-in look in your living room.

Ditch the Bookshelf

If the thought of organization has you breaking out in hives (metaphorically, of course), why not ditch the bookshelf altogether? Stack your books on top of one another on the floor, being sure to place the largest ones on the bottom for support. If your tower of literature is beginning to look a little precarious, consider using a Sapien Bookcase to steady it. However, if you plan on regularly reading these books rather than simply using them as decorative tools, this may not be the best option.

Create Rooms

If you’re living in a small apartment or studio, bookshelves also make great room separators. An open bookshelf filled with your favorite pages gives you easy access to the books in addition to separating your space without making it feel too closed off. You can also use the bookshelf to store vinyl records, CDs, vases filled with flowers, or photos and knick-knacks that have sentimental value. Whether you choose to organize the shelves by color, title, author, or not at all is completely up to you!