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Dressing My Walls: Color-Coordinated Bookshelf

Just in case you were wondering, yes, I've been working on my walls, too! Last weekend I spent some time reorganizing my bookshelf by color, and I'm kicking myself now for not taking a "before" picture to contrast with the "after," because the difference is truly phenomenal. (And no, that is not my teddybear. It's my fiancé's from when he was a wee thing.)

So my challenge to you this weekend, Casa readers, is to rearrange your bookshelves by color, and send me your photos. Can't wait to see the improvement!

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aniceplacetostay aniceplacetostay 9 years
I've been organizing my books by this method for years and for me, it's the best way to find books really fast. My visual memory is very good so the first thing I always remember about a book is the cover and the spine... It's the same method I used to organize my vinyl records when I was a teenager :) I'd love to share some photos of my bookshelves but I don't know how...
LadyLiLa83 LadyLiLa83 9 years
That does look really nice, but what do you do when most of your books are magazines? :) I don't have nearly enough books to make this work, but yours looks beautiful!!!
Advah Advah 9 years
Haha I'm an organisation freak, I usually sort out my books by theme (cooking/literature), and inside the themes by genre/era (Scottish/Irish lit, travel journals, etc). The best I could do to get out of that organisation would be to organise it by publisher (I did that for a while with my CDs: Island, etc.) As I said, I'm a bit of a geek. :P
VennieB VennieB 9 years
i would definitely do this but...being in grad school right now, i use practically all of my books as references...they might be a little hard to find if they're organized by color and not subject....hmmm, it's so pretty though! maybe i'll find a way to do it using just my fun books, and leave my school books how they are....
catstarr catstarr 9 years
soooooo many of my books are pink. this could be fun.
pleasedeleteme pleasedeleteme 9 years
My biggest problem with this idea is that it's pretty, but I'd have to break up series. Almost every series of books I own, the colors are different colors.
Womenfest Womenfest 9 years
Wow - what a great effect. Enjoy your wall of bookcase art and ignore the haters!
kodeko kodeko 9 years
gorgeous! thanks for the idea!
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
My boyfriend thinks that using books to decorate is some form of sacrilege. Even if I leave a pile flat instead of standing them up he thinks it's annoying and that I'm trying to hard. To each his/her own I guess, but I prefer other organizational methods. I have a hard enough time finding my books arraged by genre/author :)
lilime lilime 9 years
I really like the ways that looks, I do prefer to arrange by author or by publisher, I have never tried colour. I might give it a go.
rlveronica rlveronica 9 years
That is something I would totally do! Haha.
starrynite45 starrynite45 9 years
great idea to steal!!! i love this way :)
laurarose520 laurarose520 9 years
It's a good idea, but I have them organized by genre and then each genre is alphabetized by the author's last name. I wouldn't be able to find anything.
designergirl designergirl 9 years
This inspired me to do it, but I forgot to take a picture of the before. I have one bookshelf for my design, art, and cookbooks, and another for my novels. My novels, I'm arranging by color. I don't think I'll have trouble finding them, I've read them all so many times. As for judging it by outside appearances, it's hard not to do and that's why we have amazing designers to do book covers. A good cover helps me enjoy it more. Isn't that the point of a spine, to identify the book and its character?
katedavis katedavis 9 years
I have been wanting to organize my books by color for a long time and this inspired me! How should I send in the pics? Post it to su casa?
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Emalove, same thing with my closet-it's style and color coordinated.
mayara mayara 9 years
The problem is that in our house we easily have more than twice the number of books in that picture in our dining room alone. Then there are the shelves in the living room, and the craft books, and the computer books and other "work room books", and we haven't even started talking about the "library" yet...
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
yes, i agree that this would be fine (nice?!) for a small collection or just a few books in a specific place - sorry, i couldn't help but get offended. :( even if these are just fiction, i'd be sad to not have say all my timothy findley books together, hanging out being sad because their author has passed away. :(
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 9 years
It looks great Casa but I prefer to keep my books organised by author
DCStar DCStar 9 years
Looks great, but I could NEVER find my stuff if I did that. I absolutely HAVE to alphabetize by Author!
Home Home 9 years
Wow guys, I would've never thought that rearranging my books by color could spark such debate! Of course, I would never want my local public library to start organizing books by color—we'd never find anything! However, I think that color-coding books in a home is fine for organizational purposes, since you're working with such a small number. These books are only our novels and all of them are beloved, well-read books, so we can find anything we're looking for in a snap.
emalove emalove 9 years
This is SO something I would do!!! I arrange my closet by color, why not my bookcase?! I usually just arrange my books by size, but I reallly like the looks of it. I'm going to do this challenge!
bellanatella bellanatella 9 years
Cool, but I don't know if I'd be able to find anything.
mayara mayara 9 years
I have collections of books from a series or by the same author that are of similar style but different color spine. I much prefer them to be together for both reasons of practicality and appearance. Also, I separate my books into a few large categories, to determine which part of the house they're in, as we have such a large collection. Yes, we could use some more organization to our books in general, but this is not the kind that would work for us.
sgdish sgdish 9 years
I say, if it works for you and you're happy, then kudos! For me, I organize by category (type), grouping authors together, and then by size for aesthetic purposes. I also put the ones I use the most in a central location so I don't have to search! Casa, I do like the way this looks...very neat and pretty!
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