I wrote about bookshelf organization for Cindy’s Weekly Wisdom this week, and I showed my friend Corinna’s living room book shelf. Here are photos of her ninth grade daughter Audrey’s color coordinated shelves, along with the letter Corinna emailed me explaining the hows and whys of the color coordinated books.
The color book order is only about looks. We’ve just retrained our brains to visualize what a book looks like, and therefore what color it is, when we want to find a book. That’s actually easier than it sounds. It also reacquainted me with a lot of books I hadn’t looked at in a long time and helped me decide which ones to donate.
How we came to display our books like this is fairly involved: The girls used to share a bedroom and our other bedroom was an office/guest room. When it was time for them to each get their own room, we had to incorporate a computer/desk area into our living room. I tried to do this in an attractive way by hiring a cabinetmaker to create the cabinetry and the floating shelves. And when those new shelves were installed, I just couldn’t put all our books up there without trying to do justice to the beauty of the shelves. The color thing was on a lot of design blogs like Apartment Therapy at the time.
I also have books on another bookcase next to the TV. The color-ordered ones are mostly fiction, while non-fiction is in the other case. In terms of decluttering, I would say that color-ordering of books is only helpful in that it makes how the books look a priority, which can help in reducing the number. I have to edit the books every so often, because when new ones come in, old ones have to go out.
I hope this is helpful – love the blog, btw!
Love the last line. Thanks Corinna!