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Reboot your bookshelvesWhere once you might have either a) stuffed books onto your shelves willy-nilly or b) filed them alphabetically by author to make them easy to find, now’s the time to colour-coordinate the spines to create a rainbow of shelving. It beats redecorating the room and looks great – and might even throw up some gems you’d forgotten you had. Maybe make a note of where you’ve stashed your favourite tomes, though.Should you ever display books this way?
The case for spines: It allows for colour-codingApart from the obvious reasons for facing books spines outwards, this arrangement also allows for endless creative opportunities. For the neat freak, there’s the chance to sort either by colour, creating a rainbow feature wall, or by height, publisher, topic…In fact, true bibliophiles will probably admit to rearranging the books on their shelves on a regular basis, as a pleasurable and therapeutic activity.See 11 creative ways to display your books
Seek out a mentorFiguring it all out on your own can be tough. If there’s someone who’s already forged the path you’d love to tread, reach out and ask for guidance. At the very least, read the autobiographies of people you admire and follow them on social media – you’ll soon realise they’re regular people just like you and me.Tip: Set up a reading nook at home and make it a tech-free zone. It’s too easy to lose time scrolling, browsing and emailing when you could be concentrating on making progress.
5 Colour-coded your booksThis is the natural progression of the coffee table book stack. If you own any kind of bookshelf, you’ll know the level or organising (and pain) that can go into prepping for shot like this. Yes, some less-organised bookshelves can have a certain kind of ragtag charm, with their mismatched spines, haphazard groupings and scattered ornaments. But to turn your bookcase into a work of art like this one takes time, dedication and a true love of books. Plus, it’s very visually pleasing.It’s OK because…If you’re a book lover – and you probably are if you own any kind of bookshelf – you’ll consider any time spent among your favourite paperbacks to be time well spent. Sorting through your collections, grouping them by theme, colour or author, will reward you tenfold when you step back and look at your homage to the beauty of the written word.