I’ll be the first to say that I am no interior design expert- I don’t even live in my own house! But I am passionate about reading and my books would probably, worryingly enough, be one of the first things I’d save in a fire. So, based on extensive (*coughs*) research, here are 5 of my top ways to proudly present your books.
This is the most common and although not always the easiest to do, it is certainly the easiest to use once the bookshelf is complete. Looking for books by rummaging will be a thing of the past, particularly for those of you with a logical mind. This is my goal for the holidays, too, so comment below if you’re planning on doing the same.
This is probably the most contreversial: amazing to look at, undeniably, but for those of us who aren’t very pictorial of mind, not the easiest to find books. Organise your LGBTQ+ fiction into a rainbow, travel guides into a flag, YA fiction into clashing colours… The possibilities are endless. I would advise this best for people who don’t use their collection too much, and have a fair amount of books to arrange.
Fancy a laugh? Feeling down? Want an easy summer beach read? Organising by genre is something you’ve probably already unconsciously done, even if it’s just fiction/nonfiction or poetry/novels. And it can be used with many other methods, like alphabetical action or colour coded cookbooks.
This is for those of you with a bit more time on your hands. Buy some thin paper, similar to tissue paper but slightly thicker (I think it might be called craft paper? If someone knows what I’m on about, comment below) and cover all your books with it. Use different colours and colour code them, or all the same fours for continuity. Now put them back. Voilà! Every time you pick up a book, in theory anyway, you won’t know what to expect. “Don’t judge a book by its cover” in action.
For those of you who don’t fancy a craft project, much the same effect can be obtained from turning the spines to face inwards.
The list goes on. If you like visuals, organising by publisher will give you similiar spines lined up next to each other. Try book poetry or book writing and spell phrases out with your titles on the book shelves. Order them based on emotions: the laughter level, crying corner, nostalgia nook…
Good luck with your projects and of anyone does decide to reorder their shelves, let me know! By the end of this week I should have lovely, probably alphabetical bookshelves and I will be posting an ‘after ‘ picture to accompany this ‘before’. Good luck, readers!
The bottom shelf is awful, oh dear…
Hermione’s accusing face, she doesn’t like the mess either…
Lily Collins, guardian of the languages, non fiction (some of) and graphic novels
The main shelf, currently half hidden behind work and a complete mess
The ‘to be put away’ pile, which has been there more or less since Christmas, along with a textbook or two