Don't judge a book by its cover, but know, you will certainly be judged on your book covers. Guests love to snoop around bookshelves, hoping to gain insight into the mind of their host. While some embrace professing their persona through the public display of books, others, like myself, prefer to keep their collection under wraps. Maybe I don't want to make my friends feel uncomfortable because I'm so much smarter than them and read A Brief History of Time to wind down before bed. Or maybe, I'm in my 30's and the majority of my personal library is penned by Stephenie Meyer......
DIY or purchased book covers are a great alternative to book shame. In smaller apartments bookshelves can take-up significant wall space, so covers present an opportunity to add a cool decorating element to your home. Also, you can turn your hodgepodge into a gorgeous piece of art, like the vintage french fabric book collection shown. Book covers can be practical, if you add identification to the spines. You can even create a personalized Dewey Decimal system!
It's easy to make your own book covers, and there are several websites that have great How To Tutorials. I challenge you to think beyond paper and even traditional fabric. There are crazy and creative ways to make your covers unique. What about using faux fur? Anything can be bejeweled, anything. Also, online software, like Bookemon, allow you to upload photos to create your own book covers. Finally, you can buy fashionable designs by companies like Book City Jackets.
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