Despite the trend of people reading books digitally, there are always going to be books we want to hold in our hand. Moving them might not be easy as they can be much heavier than expected when packing them away, but few of us are willing to depart with them and lighten the moving load. Instead of punishing yourself mentally for holding onto your books, consider them decorating accents and plan to organize your bookshelves with a creative flair. It is after all trendy to do so and you will be making the most of your beloved books.
Consider wrapping your books in one color of book or craft paper to make them unified. On the shelf they will disappear into the background and seem less chaotic as they were on the shelf with their many different book spines. If you are really up for a creative project consider using the books to make a decorative abstract design by wrapping the books in various colors and arranging them to make a larger art design.
Organize your books on the shelf according to color. There are many examples of this on Pinterest and other social media platforms. True bibliophiles will be able to quickly find their favorite books or those they have on their “to be read” list from the colorful display. Most will choose to use the colors of the rainbow as a guideline to organize the books as a start and then go from dark to light within that color. The colors in order of the rainbow are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.
Organize your books by their value to you and make it easy to actually stay on task to read from your reading list. Place books you have read but want to keep on top shelves. Place books unread or those you want to read again on lower shelves that have easy access. By organizing your books in this way you can easily approach a shelf for a suggestion for your next read.
Place the books in different positions to allow the book shelf to display more than just book spines. Most bookshelves are filled to capacity by books standing top to bottom with the spines of the books exposed. Instead consider displaying books with interesting covers or those that match your color palette facing outward. Strategically or randomly choose areas of the shelves where there will be a break in the row of books by one facing outward. You can also place books on their sides to allow a surface on which to place a decorative item or framed picture. This provides the opportunity to display something besides books, but the books that are being used as a base have their spines displayed to allow anyone to find them.
Decorate the bookshelf itself to add interest to the book storage area. Painting the back of the bookshelf can make it more of a focal point and bring stability to the eye area where books can look chaotic if the spines’ colors and shapes vary widely. Lighting added to the shelves can make your bookshelf a favorite furniture piece in your room since it can provide subtle lighting to an otherwise darkened area of a room in the evenings. Lighting also softens the overall variedness of different book designs and colors on the spines.
If you don’t mind loaning out your books, create your own mini library. Display books on a particularly small or lone shelf in a well visited room of your home and organize them by genre, topic, or author. Frame a printed sheet in which you notify your visitors that they can borrow a book to read from the shelf. A clever way to do it is to print in an interesting font on a sheet of parchment paper or color paper matching your décor announcing the opening of the (Your Family Name) Library with the date you moved into your home and that the books are available on loan.
Children’s books on shelves can be a focal point of a room with framed photos of the children reading the books displayed alongside them. Over the years the photos and the books in the photos will become special treasures on display together. It is always interesting to see the actual characters of beloved books from childhood displayed next to books such as a plush replica of the Velveteen Rabbit or Winnie the Pooh.
Another interesting way to display books in a child’s room is to use an old wagon and line the books inside of the wagon.
Other clever ways to display books is to use them as the base of a side table in a family room and place a clear plexi-glass or glass top onto the base. Of course the best way to make this work safely is to actually glue the books together and secure the top with screws into the books. This idea is the perfect way to show your love of reading, to offer an interesting table to a reading room, and repurpose books you don’t intend to read again. Books for this project can also be easily found at used book stores and thrift stores.
Books don’t need to just take up room on a bookshelf. The books or the book shelves or both can become focal points of a room with clever and creative ideas for displaying them, organizing them, and repurposing them. Let your creativity shine and make books a part of your new home décor.