We often find ourselves looking at the books on your shelves proudly, like they’re our friends. They have taken us on amazing journeys, we’ve snuggled up with them in bed and even cried into them. And there is nothing more satisfying than arranging those tomes in the most perfect way possible.
As Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges’ put it in his 1960s book Dreamtigers: “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library”. From arranging your books in colour order to stacking them in unusual ways, we look at ten exciting displays that prove, organising your books doesn’t have to be as uniform as the alphabet.
DIVIDE INTO LIGHT AND DARK
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Good and bad, heroes and villains – chances are your books tell stories of both. Why not take inspiration from this and group your books by light and dark (or white and colour) covers, arranging them on opposite sides of your shelf. Not only does it bring some order to your shelf, it makes a real statement.
HANG SMALL FRAMES OFF BOOKSHELVES
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While hanging art over books might not be the most practical solution for often-used volumes, it’s great use of space – especially when you can’t drill holes into your rented apartment’s walls – and adds lots of visual interest to bookshelves. If you have small shelves or a single shelf, opt for a small vintage mirror or framed illustrations.
MAKE A RAINBOW…
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If you have a very colourful home library, chances are your bookshelves look chaotic and cluttered, fighting against any textiles and art you have in the same room. But when they’re organised by colour, it makes for a beautiful focal point and your shelf instantly looks more streamlined.