Bringing Bookish Worlds Into Your Own | Tips for Bookish Decorating

October 16, 2017

“I cannot sleep unless I am surrounded by books.” ― Jorge Luis Borges

Borges has a good point, no?

As bookworms I think it is safe to say that simply owning books is never enough. As amazing as they are, we are all guilty of growing our passion of literature with more THINGS. At least I am. There are so many items and little bookish gems that show our love for books! Whether it’s candles, posters, or a simple Christmas ornament, collecting visual representation of our favourite novels is not only fun, but a tad addictive.

After being inspired by Havenly I have thought of  some ideas for which you can use to decorate your space to become more of a bookish safe haven. Havenly is an online interior design and decorating service that helps create personalized rooms in your space all with the help of their interior designers that bring unique ideas to the table just for you!

I personally love that so many companies are creating these bookish gems to help people like me feel more like home in their little libraries. My love for bookish things started about a year and a half ago when I decided to join the online Instagram book community more popularly known as “Bookstagram”. Through this I discovered a multitude of companies dedicated to creating decor based on my favourite novels and I have purchased my fair amount! Here are some of my favourite ways to incorporated my love for reading into my space!

1) Bookish Pillows

Some of my favourite items to have when it comes to bookish decor are pillow cases. They not only bring the aspect of comfort to your space but also a fun and bright look as well. I love this “High Lady of the Night Court” pillow case from Meraki_Designs on Society6. Based on the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas, this is a fun addition to anybody’s room who is a fan of the High Fae of Prythian. Pillow cases like these can range from $20.00 to $40.00 depending on which store you purchase from. They are a great and simple way to add personal touches to your space!

2) Bookish Candles

Bookish Candles may be the best things ever invented. Ever want to know what Sansa’s lemon cakes smell like? Or even the sweet smell of a warm Butterbeer bought from the Three Broomsticks? Then these candles are for you! Not only do most bookish candles look great, but the scent they give off can transport you into the world you reading and make the experience that much better!

Pictured above are the three candles I own from IntheWickofTime on Etsy. Kaylan’s candles are some of the best scents I have ever had and I love them all. They also represent some of my favourite book series: “Ketterdam” candle being from Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo; “Rhysand” being based on the High Lord of the Night Court from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas; and “Forks, Wa” being from, of course, Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Soy candles like these will burn slower and fill your space with the scent of your favourite fictional worlds! Who doesn’t want that?

3) Bookish Prints

Bookish Prints are becoming one of the best selling items when it comes to bookish decor. They are perfect for framing, pinning on bulletin boards, or even used in staging for photographs which is how I mostly use mine. Every fandom imaginable has prints like this somewhere out there. The one pictured above is from ReverieandInk on Etsy. Brittney’s prints are so beautiful and bright so they can be seen under all lighting and add that fun flare to any room or office.

I love to keep framed prints around my room and some on my desk. This one is based on Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and I love it so much. Another fun idea to use with prints would be to get a large multi-frame piece and fill it with prints and hang it above your work space as inspiration. As a writer, I think that would come in handy!

4) Bookish Posters


Everybody loves posters, right? I never went through the phase in my teenage years of putting up a bunch of boy bands or celebrity posters, but as I have entered my post-high school years I have found that having posters on my walls give it a more personal and lived-in look. So besides my Hamilton and Pink Floyds, I have these two WANTED posters from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. These posters came from inside the Case of Beasts book that you can purchase which is based on the film. Nothing really flashy about them, but I love the simplicity that the black and white give. Also who wouldn’t want your room to feel like a secret magical speakeasy? Just me? Oh okay!

Posters I also like to add are maps of fictional places. I have a few (not pictured) that I like to keep above my desk in my office and they are great especially because if I didn’t have them my computer is in front of a blank white wall and that would drive me crazy!

5) Bookish Signs

And finally we come to Bookish Signs. Unlike the prints, these are more solid and add much more dimension to your space. I got this one from Barnes & Noble and to be honest it was a bit of an impulse buy to finish up a gift card, but I couldn’t be happier. It sits on an end table in my room and it is just one of those items that you occasionally glance at and smile. I think these wooden signs work great as paper weights and depending on the saying would look amazing as a stacked collage which was an idea I had the other day. There is a pallet wall in my work space and I think these stacked together would contrast nicely on my desk. Ah, the ideas are all flowing as I type this up. It seems this post was inspiration in itself! The best thing about these wooden signs is that  if you have some repurposed wood lying around and some paint and a stencil, you can make one yourself and save money! YAY!

Well that’s it for now! I hope these tips helped you to create a fun and magical bookish space. All these items are the reason my bank account suffers so beware of an addiction when it comes to these beautiful things! Make sure to check out all the shops I mentioned as they are all amazing and I swear by them! Also, feel free to check out Havenly online for more inspiration for your bookish space.

Happy Designing!

– Haley

Author: My Thoughts are a Blog

21. Blogger, Star Wars, Marvel, and Book Enthusiast, Over-thinker, Aspiring Author who hates everything she writes, and mother to Gracie & Ghost.

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