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In this cover brilliantly re-imagined by designer Tom Lenartowicz, there’s a sense of foreboding. The tip of the letter A becomes a shark fin, and the use of blue to gray gradient perfectly symbolizes the depth of water.

Crown + blood equals intrigue of the highest sorts. This cover doesn’t go into details, but it does give away the idea that you’re in for power plays, suspense, and royalty.

13. You don’t always need to be literal Cover Design: Adronauts

02. Use photography for a professional touch Cover Design: Jason Ramirez

This simple desk and chair overlooking the outdoors were ideal for writing, at least in the summer. Woolf noted that this converted toolshed was so cold in the winter that she couldn’t hold a pen!

Using two images of trees at different stages of life, Vibeke Illevold tells a story of change indicative of the poetic theme of the book.

10 | The home is perched on wooden stilts that raises it 1.2 metres above ground level.

Design matters for two important reasons: It’s what gets people to pick up your book in the bookstore or click on the thumbnail when browsing online.

This table may be tiny, but it supported the creation of her later works, including Emma, Persuasion, and a revision of Pride and Prejudice.

The Takeaway: There’s nothing quite like emotion to drive readers into buying your book. Use visceral emotional responses to create connection with the character or topic of your book.

The idea of an empty food container is terrifying (at least for me). The End of Food cover design grabs the reader by presenting an unexpected image of a styrofoam package without food.

Conjuring ideas of the Rorschach Inkblot test, the cover alludes to the murder and mind games to follow in this iconic book. The splattered blood is both eerie and gripping.

Need some inspiration? Check out the writing environments and workspaces of these famous artists, writers and storytellers.

It’s clear from the cover that this book is about obsessive compulsive disorder. There’s something so pleasant about the careful use of color and the almost perfectly lined up rows.

Tokyo on Foot uses a colorful, cartoonish tone to express rich whimsy. Browsers know to expect hand-drawn illustrations in this graphic memoir.

Keep it simple with a typewriter, a clean white desk and a small window in a private place. That last one was key for Shaw, who once confessed, “People bother me. I came here to hide from them.”

Using only pink and brown colors, the designer created a clever cohesive color story to mimic George Washington Carver’s 105 ways to prepare peanuts for human consumption.

15. Work awards and reviews into the design Cover Design: Olga Grlic

Creepy imagery fascinates the reader. With this cover image, Brief History of the Dead successfully grips the reader into at least reading what the book is about.

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Jobs was well-known minimalist. He described one home by saying, “All you needed was a cup of tea, a light, and your stereo.”

The Takeaway: I love lots of colors, but not every book needs a rainbow. In fact, only a few books should tackle more than two or three colors. If your book works with less colors, definitely go with less.

2 | An intricate pattern of diagonal timber beams and columns make up the structural design and cut through each of the towering bookcases, adding unusual interest. All of the timber used throughout the home is locally grown hardwoods Laurel, Cachá or Surá.

The architects reported: “We are bringing new architectural life to the Caribbean by reappraising the architectural heritage of the region and reviving indigenous techniques,” says Botsford. “However, by coupling them with modern design technologies and aesthetics, we have created an eco-architecture that is remarkably light, impacting on its surrounding only minimally both physically and environmentally.

29 | There is even a library within the wall of a sophisticated kitchen diner.

Were you wondering about the workspace that may have inspired 30 Rock, Mean Girls or Bossypants?

Italian illustration studio Bomboland revamped the Treasure Island book cover with a fantastic use of layering to create movement.

Another concern is the notoriously ruthless online browser. A third of all book sales are eBooks. While there’s no shame in clicking on an ugly book cover online, there’s no reason why anyone would. With so much information competing for our attention, us browsers use visual clues to weed out inferior products. If you don’t package your book in an appealing way, you risk drowning in the sea of competition.

On this cover is a disjointed sheep and an open-mouthed wolf with sharp teeth, seemingly ready to attack. The wolf elicits fear, yet the sheep is not panicked which heightens the reader’s panic.

The Takeaway: Typography is often overlooked but, by using the right fonts, you can add clarity and depth to your cover. Scroll through sites like DaFont or Font Squirrel to find fonts that sing.

This book cover prominently features a review to encourage you, dear reader, to read on. It uses social proof to validate the worthiness of a book. This feature is great for printed books, when you don’t have a chorus of reviews readily available.

Aptly using light behind typography, the designer for How the Light Gets In captures the mood of inspiration and spiritual enlightenment.

01. Use white space to create focus Cover Design: Emily Mahon, Illustrator: Ray Morimura

This cover is a beautiful reimagining of a spellbinding classic by Paulo Coelho. The carefully random placement of the text simulates the scattered sheep in the field.

22 | An open plan bathroom visually increases the space in the bedroom. A separate WC was implemented to accommodate visitors.

We want to see your #writespace, where the magic happens! Head over to Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest and share an image of your workspace using the hashtag #writespace, then tag @thewritelife.

In a collaboration between Rodrigo Corral and Tyler Comrie, this is a rare case where both the front and the back covers are exceptionally designed. The juxtaposition of the strict against the mystical also match the creepy tone of the book.

What’s your favorite place to write? Share your workspace with the hashtag #writespace on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest and tag @thewritelife to join the conversation!

#GIRLBOSS shows Sophia Amoruso as strong, in control, and edgy, which is the tone of the book.

Using see-through text, the cover for An Object of Beauty literally gives readers a glimpse into the New York art scene.

The Takeaway: Your story begins as soon as the reader picks up the book and looks at the cover. Studies show you only have eight seconds to persuade the reader to take a chance on your book. Make it count.

32 | In a second bathroom design, a modern wall sconce lights a modern bathroom vanity.

If Euphoria had a color, it would probably look like this book cover. Sometimes the most colorful cover wins because it demands the browser’s attention.

5 | Multiple rows of louvered slats across the facade are a common and inexpensive part of local architecture. Slats can be opened on each end of the building to allow a sea breeze to flow right through.

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Book cover design is a crucial part of your marketing effort. You can string together the most insightful, lyrical, delicious words ever connected in the human lexicon, but if your book cover looks like Photoshop amateur hour, no one will ever pick it up.

A nice take on a traditional still life composition. Featuring a sweet, ripened pomegranate, designer Jason Ramirez uses figurative imagery to create a compelling book cover for a story about the early years of famed Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

The takeaway: There’s no need to stay flat with your cover. Adding dimension can make it a refreshing change.

It’s already established that I’m superficial, so it’s no surprise that I get embarrassed when I accidentally pick up an ugly book. One reason is the social stigma of holding an ugly book in the bookstore, as I’m silently judged by fellow bookstore browsers for holding such a monstrosity.

1984 is a classic, and this subtle cover reboot indicates suspicion and secrecy. It also references the idea that big brother’s always watching.

A fun twist on text, this type is stylized to mimic a twisted rope. The cover shows characters and props from the novel intertwined with each other, and some playing with the rope. The text also carries over to the back cover.

The Takeaway: Colors convey tone. There’s no need to use attention grabbing colors if it doesn’t match the tone of your book. Use a color story that resembles the one you’ve told with words.

31 | Only the bathroom goes unused in the storage of books, although the bathtub is sure to be utilised as a place for a relaxing read. If you’d like to create your own reading sanctuary with a bubble bath, here are some more beautiful bathrooms with bathtubs.

The Takeaway: Sometimes, you should use your own image to grace the cover of your book. If you have face recognition in your field, or if you’re writing an autobiography, placing your face on the cover gives the reader another connection point to you.

The takeaway: White space doesn’t mean that the whole cover must be completely minimal. It can used as a device to focus the reader.

21 | Slimline dining pendant lights hang low over the tabletop.

The green tint of this book cover makes reference to the story’s fictional Emerald City. As an aside, the cowardly lion’s eyes are spellbinding.

30 | The bedrooms bookshelves span the headboard wall, where a floor lamp provides reading light.

When you’re looking for inspiration, having all your favorite books within arm’s reach certainly can’t hurt.

Not all foreboding has to be about death and gloom. Sometimes, a report card can conjure up all the feelings of fear, anxiety, and uneasiness. This cover by Evan Munday and Jon Paul Fiorentino and indicates raw honesty and sympathy.

06. Design should make sense even as a thumbnail Cover Design: Gabrielle Wilson

8 | A parallelogram shape of the pavillions promotes ventilation and keeps the glare of low sunlight out. It also screens the interiors from neighbouring properties and offers the best views.

The Takeaway: With a growing number of eBooks on the marketplace, it’s more important than ever to create a cover that looks great in tiny thumbnail form. Test your design in various sizes to see if your cover makes sense when browsers are searching online.

27 | A modern home office holds even more books along with rows of magazine files. Behind the stylish desk chair, base cabinets have a reflective finish.

19 | The library separates the living spaces from the master bedroom. The door to the bedroom is hidden amongst the shelves, picture gallery nooks and cabinets of the feature bookcase.

The takeaway: What does your audience fear? Use this idea to craft your book cover.

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When you’re struggling to write, sometimes taking a break can help get your creative juices flowing. Perhaps a game of pool would inspire some ideas?

11 | An outdoor living space is created in a landscaped garden that includes a small pool and over 200 plants.

A successful book cover is never an afterthought. It will lead readers to your pages and because of its role as an ambassador, your book cover deserves thoughtful planning. Use these tips to help you craft a winning book cover that you can be proud of. And, when you’re done, come back and share it with us. We’d love to see it!

03. Set the tone before you start designing Design: Florent Chavouet

1 | Architect: Gianni Botsford‘Casa Kiké’ was designed as a retreat for a writer on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. The brief called for a contemporary interior with clean modern lines with a sensitivity for local tradition and building materials.

Corrugated sheets of steel clad the outside of the building, just like many other rural Costa Rican dwellings.

6 | The build is a twin-volume structure with one larger pavilion for daytime use and a smaller one for nighttime. A grand piano stands in within the larger volume that is used for work and contemplation.

But I’m also embarrassed for the author who chose a sad representation for what’s probably an awesome book.

17 | Thanks to the large openings and lack of beams in original layout of the building in Athens, designed by Ioannis Vikelas, an open plan concept could be realised. The lounge sits opposite the fireplace with a neat kitchen diner to one side.

The window in the kitchen area was widened to increase natural light and an enhanced view of surrounding trees.

A classic and stunning cover designed by Emily Mahon with illustrations from Ray Morimura. Notice how white space has been used to draw attention to the title, The Wealth of Nations.

33 | A shower is at the opposite side, along with a rattan laundry basket and planter.

04. Stand out from the crowd with a 3D book cover Cover Design: Carlo Giovani

Danielle LaPorte and Linda Sivertsen’s program will help you create a strong book proposal — your first step toward landing a book deal.

Another cover that uses colors without sacrificing maturity is The Sky Is Everywhere. Here, the raindrops come in various colors, and there’s a sense of movement, yet the color does not obscure the title.

28 | Indoor plants create a lively vista behind a living room sofa.

The Takeaway: Social proof will make even the harshest critic take a second look at your book.

14 | The new artist’s retreat is the writer’s main residence.

Designer Sebastian Andreas creates a fine focal point with this shackled fist, raised in indignation. You can see from the cover the promise of anger and injustice in the contents of this book.

The Takeaway: Always find one component in your story to focus on visually with your book cover.

14. Create an interesting atmosphere Cover Design: Iris Weinstein

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3 | In front of the book stacks sits a writer’s desk equipped with a designer table lamp and an ergonomic leather desk chair.

This cover works especially well as a thumbnail because it stands out with the clever use of books that represent teeth.

Designer Jennifer Merritt keeps color simple yet uniform in this H.G. Wells series with a complimentary color scheme.

Designer Chris Welch cleverly capitalizes off of the titular idea by draining the type of its color.

05. Weave your narrative into your cover design Design: Ray Shappell

26 | A swing arm wall lamp lights a reading couch in the living room.

Cover Design: Charlotte Strick, Illustration by Patrick Leger.

The cover of this book is simply a photograph of hand-drawn images on loose leaf paper. The perspective and the positioning of the images and text make this cover pop off the screen.

A successfully designed book cover will convey the tone of your book, will whisper hints without giving it all away, and will excite readers into actually opening up the book and reading.

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20 | The dining area is comprised of a traditional white painted table and black modern dining chairs.

The Takeaway: Commit to keeping it as simple as possible. If you can convey your mood and story without an additional element, get rid of it.

Sometimes the simplest type makes the biggest impact. On this cover, the O’s serve double duty as functional type in the author’s name and book title and design elements that reference bubbles from a beverage (and maybe hiccups, too).

18 | The two bedroom home contains furniture that is both a curation of favourite pieces belonging to the writer, and a series of new additions. This study area has a bespoke desk with matching built-in cabinets and shelves.

Sometimes all you need is a comfortable desk with a view of the outdoors for inspiration. (Ideally, near a farm with plenty of interesting animals, including a few spiders.)

07. Speak to your audience’s emotions Cover Design: Joan Wong

Here is another example of social proof, this time featuring both the New York Times and USA Today. Who wouldn’t be interested to see what’s so “elegant” about this book?

This Portuguese reboot cover image by Carlo Giovani for Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth smartly plays up the various layers of earth’s crust.

25 | Visualizer: Artem Trigubchak & Sivak + PartnersOur last apartment is home to a writer in the Ukraine. If you’re feeling inspired by this book stacked lounge, then be sure to check out our other living rooms for book lovers.

The skinny type with interesting perspective toward the cover’s focal point makes this cover promising and different. Notice that the designer is not afraid to take up the entire cover space with text.

Even if you’re not familiar with the story of Dracula, there’s something entrancing about this image of a woman’s neck. It reads well as a thumbnail, and the text is perfectly positioned.

4 | A book-lined hallway stores more of the 17,000 tomes present in the home.

Another buttonhole, this one decidedly less sleazy, graces the cover of Isaac’s Style Book. You can tell from this cover that the book is about fashion.

Many artists find their creative inspiration in other books, authors and stories.

The Flame Alphabet also uses the paper cutout aesthetic to add depth and interest.

The cover design for Tampa alludes to tawdry sex, and that’s exactly what you’ll get from the first sentence. It’s disturbing and psychopathic, and the cover is definitely your first clue. Who would’ve thought a buttonhole could look so vulgar?

In this cover by Helen Yentus, the designer has placed white boxes to mimic the sterile look of hospital lights. It also strategically anonymizes the doctor on the cover to make the book more universal.

Aspiring writers and avid readers alike are sure to admire this inspiring selection of three writer’s home designs. These amazing places are absolutely stacked to the rafters with towering bookcases, bespoke bookshelves and expansive home library setups that could make just about anyone yearn to write – or turn – those pages. Peruse the stacks of a contemporary retreat along the hot Caribbean coast of Costa Rica; find a secret door hidden among the tomes and artwork in a modernised open plan apartment in Athens; escape to another world in the pages of one of the hundreds of books stored throughout a unique space located in the Ukraine.

The Autobiography of Elizabeth Shaner shows a rather sweet photograph of Shaner with actual excerpts from her handwritten diary in the background. Readers will expect to read an intimate account.

Beautiful in its restraint, Breathing Room shows underlined and evenly spaced out text.

9 | The pavilions look like two bookends, shelved at either end of a wooden walkway that runs between them.

Maybe I’m superficial, but I do judge a book by its cover. And I suspect I’m not the only one.

Using words to create the one half of the image, this book cover suggests that the character is part real and part imagination.

Where’s your favorite place to write? What space inspires you, helps you be productive and keeps you organized? Without a place to foster their creativity, many writers might not be able to get their work out into the world.

Climbing Kilimanjaro is the subject of Making the Climb, and this book features a muddy shoeprint. The focal point of the book is hiking this mountain, and the cover conveys that idea clearly.

The cover image of this book shows the antagonist slowly drowning, which indicates her struggle to find life.

Looking at the cover of this book, the reader is immediately engaged in this vibrant, colorful world of Vietnamese immigrant Ha. The cover makes you wonder about the world she lives in.

16 | Architect: Sotirios AnyfantisA 90 square metre apartment was redesigned to fulfill the needs of a writer: “A place to write, a place to sleep, a lot of room for paintings and mainly libraries because I have too many books…” The designers created a bespoke sweeping curved bookcase as the home’s main structural element.

12 | The two buildings are set far enough apart so that the smaller volume will benefit from the same amount of cool ocean breeze as the main building does, with the long walkway moving it out of the larger buildings ‘wind-shadow’.

7 | The smaller pavilion, at two thirds the size, holds a bedroom and bathroom. It’s facade faces towards the jungle that backs the beach front.

11. Use imagery to spark the imagination Cover Design: Jon Gray

13 | The writer insisted that no trees be felled in the grounds of the existing one-storey typical Cahuita house. The older house still stands in the grounds and is utilised as a guest house as well as being the main kitchen.

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The simplicity of this cover makes it the perfect candidate for a thumbnail. It is crisp and easily understood even at half of its size.

Even though the typography is too small to read at smaller sizes, Dept. of Speculation makes a great thumbnail because the puzzle engages our human need to solve. It makes a reader want to click to see what the puzzle says.

Designer Jessie-Jisun Lee presents famous film director David Lynch as straightforward on this cover. The blocked out text is revealed like a puzzle, which hints that the book will uncover defining details of the titular character.

The Takeaway: The tone of the cover should match the tone of your book. Don’t betray your audience by showing a humorous cover design with grim content. It makes the reader distrust you as an author.

Using the loop and tail of the R, designer Sara Comer creators the hood and cloak of Little Red Riding Hood.



Paint smaller areas in softer, lighter shades to make the room sense larger. The living area above is an excellent sort of how in order to maximize a small livable space . A room of this particular size has got the tendency to be able to seem cramped, however the huge windows, light colored wall surfaces and ample utilization of wall mirrors not only reflect typically the natural light pouring inside from your doors and typically the windows however the use involving mirrors also provides the optic illusion of space, producing the room seem greater than it actually is usually . Conversely, darker colors will certainly make a room sense smaller. Even with the particular abundance of natural lighting and the strategic saving of the mirrors, this kind of room in a deeper shade may have an extra boxed-in feel with it.

Fluctuate your workout. Mix upwards patterns and textures. Blend up old and fresh , expensive and cheap. There`s nothing wrong with positioning family heirlooms alongside the modern couch. Great insides decorators will tell an individual that one of the particular most important aspect in order to decorating your property is that this reflects who you happen to be , your personality and the style. The vintage Chippendale table that was your grandfather`s tells a story. This tells the story associated with your past. The contemporary couch you became adoringly obsessed with and merely had to purchase likewise tells a story, your existing story, and there is usually no reason the current and past can`t co-exist beautifully together. A similar may be said for artwork. You now might not need to place a piece of art by Salvador Dali about the same wall next to some sort of Monet, but there`s zero reason why they cannot get in the same space together. With fabrics regardless of whether it be furniture, carpets or pillows, varied shades and patterns would bring friendliness and texture with your being space.

Work with decorative mirrors to incorporate immediate light to your livable space . As seen above, mirror may also be used to make some sort of small space feel bigger . For larger rooms, or even any room with some sort of more limited amount regarding natural light, mirrors put directly across in the home windows , will add instant light source . Decorative mirrors could also be used inside lieu of art to be able to fill empty wall room . Large or small, showcases add light and dimensions to your liveable space.

Wicker baskets. Straw-plaited baskets are an inexpensive and elegant approach to put storage to any area . Baskets can be utilized to store and screen books, architectural and interior decoration magazines, toys, towels and even blankets to name a new few. Place a few little wicker baskets within the counter-tops in your kitchen to be able to beautifully display and shop your fruit and veggies.

Regardless of whether you`ve just moved and looking for a fast , little home pick-me-up, or even perhaps something better, generally there are some well-known interior design tricks that designers utilize that you simply too can very easily do with minimal work and cost. Sometimes the particular smallest things make very best impact. It could get digging in a reflection , a painting, a light fixture or even a herb. You want to become softer your walls, brighten a new room, or exercise . friendliness to your living room. Have a look at these clever design and style as well as observe how they can motivate you!

Make use of what you already include to decorate. All of us have got items in our ownership , probably packed up within boxes somewhere and have not given them a next glance. Your property needs a few accessories. Rather than running to be able to the store, take some sort of good look at whatever you already have. Trays, wood made , acrylic, metal or metallic can be on leading of luggage racks, herbal tea carts, trunks, bedside dining tables and coffee tables regarding extra texture and sizing . Arrange candles on these people , frames or pile publications on top of these people . Plates can be put up to create wonderful walls art. Art from little one`s books can be frame and hung in nurseries, children`s rooms or their own bathrooms. You will end up being amazed at your ability with what you previously have!

Slip into a thing a bit more comfortable!. Slip includes frequently get a negative rap but they will be truly wonderful things. That they can act as a means that of changing your furniture`s look to reflect the particular seasons. These easily taken out coverings improve an advanced look without constantly stressing about people dirtying or even spilling on your home furniture . Slip covers are best for rooms used often by children. Over a new white slip-covered couches provides the air of an everyday , comfortable, easy yet superior elegance.

Car paint or wallpaper your bookcases. This instant pop involving color will brighten in addition to re-energize any room! It can amazing how something consequently simple as a cover of colorful paint may instantly energize and convert your space. This pre-installed bookcase would be basic and ordinary minus the shiny blue interior. Possibly the easiest and most inexpensive method to transform a boring area is always to apply a cover of paint somewhere unpredicted . Bookcases are an best place to start since you don`t need to coloring a large area. Various other fun places to incorporate some sort of pop of color consist of painting fireplace mantels, the particular insides of closets, hallways and ceilings.

Add a clinging pot holder to your current kitchen. Kitchens are designed to be warm and even inviting. We spend substantially of our time throughout them whether it get for preparing meals, providing meals or entertaining. A new hanging pot rack is advantageous elegance. Kitchens are designed to feel as although they are in continuous use and a clinging pot rack certainly can make one feel this approach . In addition to seeking so wonderful, (there are numerous sizes and styles available) additional cupboard space beneath has become freed up to be able to store other items. Almost never has anyone complained associated with having too much storage space.

Living green . Add plants in order to your livable space . Add all of them to every room, smaller or large, few or perhaps many. Plants invariably is an affordable means to accessorizing the space and adding shade and texture. Not just are plants beautiful nevertheless many can clean house air and balance humidness . They can absorb toxins and remove harmful gas from the air. Simply no home should be without having these wonderful greens!

Work with area rugs to make softer hardwood floors. Throw area rugs give warmth and may add great texture, colour and personality to the living space. Hardwood floor surfaces are beautiful and simple to keep up but they general shortage the comfort that carpeted floors offer, particularly inside the cooler months. Place rugs can also put fun and functionality to be able to your living area . Use many of varying patterns in addition to fabrics together to highlight your character. Or put several rugs of the particular identical pattern and textile , or different textures yet the same color. Typically the possibilities are endless. A person can change your place rugs to reflect typically the seasons using warmer shades and fabrics for much cooler months and lighter kinds for the warmer instances of the year. Right now there are many lovely natural cotton , washable area rugs which often are perfect for those properties with children. There genuinely is no reason the reason why a residence with young kids cannot become a fashionable one.

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