A bookcase has myriad uses as a display centre which is not limited to simply reading materials. Large, sturdy oak or mahogany bookcases can be used to display a number of household accessories such as framed photographs, ornaments and vases of flowers as well as holding the household literature. Paperback books are an easy way to add splashes of colour to any room without affecting the rest of the décor scheme, while antique sets of leather-bound tomes give an intellectual bent to a living room or study that is as much a part of the design as it is an entertainment option. The use of smaller bookcases leaves the top free to be employed in the same way as a mantelpiece or side table, to display goods or for more practical use as a telephone table or postage inbox. In houses with small children or pets a solid bookcase that can be secured to the wall is recommended.