I’m going to let you in on a little secret.  In fact over the coming weeks I’m going to let you know my 3 top styling secrets for home decor.  An easy to follow decorating recipe you can use when styling your home and creating a pleasing vignette.  The first secret is….

home decor styling secret 1 books

Image: I Suwannee

I call it 2+ books and a plonk, but I really need to come up with a better name than that.  (My new name is books plus a topper)  Quite simply this styling trick is just to create a stack of books and plonk something on top of it.

home decor styling secret 1 books

Image – The Glitter Guide

The Books

  • start with the biggest book on the bottom and gradually reduce the size of each book.
  • only use 2-5 books
  • Choose book spines in colours that work together and work with the colours in the room.

my scandinavian home

Image – Stylizmo

home decor styling secret books

Image – Stephanie Sterjovski

The Object

  • The object on the books should be narrower that the smallest book
  • Organic shaped objects add interest and contrast against the horizontal flat surface of the books.
  • Objects can be – vase or jar of flowers, candles, figurines, coral or shells, spheres, boxes, ginger jar, cloche

tiffany eastman design

Image – Tiffany Eastman Interiors

home decor styling secret books

Image – The Every Girl

Lynn Morgan design

Image – Lynn Morgan Design

It’s such a simple decorating tip but you will see it used over and over again, especially in magazine and blog photos.  You can use this styling trick on coffee tables, consoles, side tables, and even your bedside.

Room Tour - Entrance

Image – DIY Decorator – Entrance Room Tour

pretty sitting room coral

Image – DIY Decorator Room Tour – A Pretty Sitting Room

If you’ve created a books and a plonk vignette, tag us so we can see it and we’ll feature some of them.


You can now read Home Decor Styling Secret Number 2

and Home Decor Styling Secret Number 3