The High-Design Book Trend You’re About to See Everywhere


Designing with books is no novel concept. We’ve all explored the many ways chic reads can enhance a rooms aesthetic. From coffee tablescapes and color-blocked bookshelves to color-coded and clever ombré displays, books have proven to be the finishing touches and cozy details that make a house a home. Casting aside the famous adage “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” when it comes to designing with books it’s been all about the cover: the detailing of the spine or brightly-hued jacket. Well, the latest trend in book design might inspire people to to flip our books around and give the pages the credit they deserve. Recently, we’ve spotted noteworthy tomes sporting super chic colorways… on their edges. Here are some of our favorite “edgy” reads.

Decorating with Color by Tricia Guild not only has a painterly blue cover, but it’s lime green edges will add a dose of color (naturally) to your stack.

And adding in some deeper navy tones for a more minimalistic surprise, is the classic Complete Works by Andree Putnam.

Looking for a jolt of hot pink? Look no further than River London Cafe by Ruth Rogers, Sian Wyn Owen, Joseph Trivelli, and Rose Gray. Learn how to whip up some classic Italian eats with a side of neon.

Simplicity by Nancy Braithwaite boasting jet black page edges is the perfect statement-maker on the shelf.

Of course she wouldn’t neglect the pages of her debut book—textile designer Rebecca Atwood opted for a moody orangey-red to cover her edges in Living with Pattern.

Quite possibly the perfect shade of red lipstick flanks the edges of Daniel Ost: Floral Art and the Beauty of Impermanence, a book on the internationally renowned Belgian floral artist and designer, by Paul Geerts.

You can’t help but smile when you spot Jane Cumberbatch’s Pure Colour‘s pinky pages amongst a sea of white book edges. On top of the mood lift, this tricked out tome introduces a new color combo we are digging. Cobalt and magenta, anyone?

Leave it to Kate Spade New York to give She, its catalog of fifty iconic female muses, a feminine edge.

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