Is Organizing Books By Color A Good Idea?

Last updated on July 9th, 2023

There is a school of thought that advocates the use of books as a design tool. The charm of color-coordinated books can’t be denied. However, if you are a voracious reader, chances are that you will cringe at the thought.

But hey, one glove doesn’t fit all. What appeals to one person may not interest another. But we are here to look at the bigger picture. Does color coordination work for your book display? If not, what are your other options? Let’s take a deep dive into the world of books.

A pop of color with books

In our quest for a beautiful home, we don’t leave any stone unturned. And when you want a pop of color to liven up a dull unit, books are the obvious choice. Picking a few books in good jackets works beautifully. For a vintage touch, try to get your hands on some leather-bound tomes with gold trimmings. If you are lucky, you may find some vintage literature in second-hand bookstores.

Arrange by color

Color coordination is a popular tool for your wardrobe. So, why not your bookshelf? Arranging books according to their colors accentuates the beauty of your room. But, hey, books don’t come cheap. And if you have trouble finishing the first chapter of your book, you need to think this through.

So, what are your options? For starters, you don’t need to fill up your shelves with books just because they go with your decor. Try to minimize your shelving space or add artifacts and photo frames to the mix. That way, you can have your book displayed without breaking the bank.

Go au natural

Books are so much more than some paper with words printed on them. They have a history. And we don’t mean the story the author is trying to tell. We mean the memories these books hold; some may be gifts from friends, or the story may hold special meaning for you. Surrounding yourself with these books adds dimension to your space and also reflects your personality. So, go ahead and let them take the prime spot on your unit, blemishes and all.

Pick a Quirky Bookshelf

A line of books may not be desirable if you want a minimalist look. To scratch your itch for a book display, add a quirky shelving unit to your space. It can be a neat plank suspended on metal rods or some driftwood strung up with rope. These little heavens can house your books and plants.

Turn them around

Breaking rules is a lot of fun. For your book display, all you need to do is flip the books around for a quirky look. The most interesting part of this display is the bemused looks on the faces of your guests when they see them. A great conversation opener!

Not just the shelves

Books have an intrinsic beauty. It’s not just the size or colors; they also evoke images of untold stories. That is why they lend so much depth to home decor. But hey, why should you confine your books to shelving units? Let them make their way to the end tables or mingle with the plants on your console. The coffee table is another great place for a couple of your favorite classics.

Add plants and knick-knacks

It’s not just about books. A shelving unit chock-a-bloc with books lacks personality. To get it right, place books at angles, and let a few lie flat. Add some planters and other paraphernalia to the unit to add dimension. Photo frames are an interesting option to go with your book decor.

Our thoughts

Aesthetics are important if you want to make a good impression. While there are a plethora of ideas to get your shelving unit decor right, nothing beats the beauty of books to enhance your appeal. For more ideas on home decor, log in to, or you can call us for a consultation today.