Bookshelf Styling: Color-Coding

bookshekfColor-coded bookshelves: Love them or hate them?

I, for one, love them. But, to be fair, their aesthetic can go horribly wrong if not color balanced correctly. It seems to me that too many neons or bright covers can take away from the charm of color-coded bookshelves, making them look childish and tacky. However, if you stick to pastels and soft colors, the results can be splendid. Here are a handful of color-coded bookshelves that I think are done just right.

organizedbycolor-bookshelf-ariannabelleblog1^^ This shelf sections off the colors perfectly. The inclusion of mismatched trinkets helps blend it all together. By leaving out a green section, this bookshelf refrains from producing a tacky rainbow spectrum and keeps it cooly feminine instead.

Screen Shot 2014-03-21 at 11.43.35 AM^^ Simplicity is key with this shelf. Instead of overhauling an entire wall with color-coded books, try it out on a small shelf. The single line of color may be just enough for your room. Top it off with some cute souvenirs or toys, and it instantly becomes a playful center of attention.

treats6^^ Clear shelving is a sincere friend to color-coded bookshelves. It keeps the aesthetic looking clean and modern. This shelf mixes up the colors by duplicating the red, pink and white sections, keeping it sectional and modern.

Screen Shot 2014-03-21 at 11.57.55 AM^^ Those Russian Nesting Dolls!!! Okay, now that that’s out of the way.. I love how this shelf holds the books both vertically and horizontally – it’s a refreshing break for the eye while traversing the color. Also, the mismatched books on the lowest shelf add the sentiment of “just throwing it together”, which in the case of color-coded shelving, is essential.

5da3cc35e3b29188ab1bde90bb5ffeb5^^ While I don’t normally find giant shelves to be a great idea for color-coding, in this case, it works. The tribal accessories add the right kind of personality, while the occasional picture frame helps to keep the shelves from looking too streamline. Also, they it utilizes the full rainbow, the yellow books are out of line with the other colors, keeping it bright but not dorky. Nicely done.

What are your thoughts? Are you a fan of color-coding your books? Leave a comment below and let me know!

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