Books by Color

June 19, 2009

Last night, we organized the book shelves in the living room by color — they’ve been so drab every time I walked by, I’m hoping this will be the fix. You like?

Other than that, it feels like a funny day. I wonder what’s up? We returned an air mattress at Target. Then bought a new lamp shade. And some light bulbs. I went grocery shopping. We made cinnamon rolls (the super easy Rhodes version).

Now all I want to do is watch movies until it’s time for bed.

Feel free to join me. Happy weekend!

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1 {april kennedy} June 19, 2009 at 7:25 pm

I like it! Happy Weekend too.


2 amy turn sharp of doobleh-vay June 19, 2009 at 7:35 pm

love it babe! yr so chic in all you do my love!


3 ellen June 19, 2009 at 7:54 pm

Yep, I like!!


4 SSAS June 19, 2009 at 8:04 pm

Yes. It is good. Organizing things by color gives me great joy. And, there is something about setting up your bookshelves after you move in that makes you feel like "yes, this can be home".
I know what you mean by this being a "funny day". It is a good thing we had some pancakes in the freezer, because that was dinner. And, a movie in my pj's tonight sounds just right.


5 bet[c] June 19, 2009 at 8:23 pm

books organized by color is very nice to look at. hard to find the book you are looking for though when you have a LARGE library and can't remember what color the spine is of the book you want. But still…very lovely.

Enjoy your relaxing weekend.


6 kelli June 19, 2009 at 8:45 pm

i love it. i just moved and need a new look for the bookcase. think i will try it.

now off to watch a movie and eat popcorn.


7 Ashley June 19, 2009 at 8:52 pm

Love it. I might have to try it. Mine are currently arranged chronologically. It's organized but it doesn't look that way.


8 Leah June 19, 2009 at 8:55 pm

We have such a large library (15 bookcases worth) that we have them by subject with library labels from


9 ellemccabe June 19, 2009 at 9:37 pm

Love the look but what do you do if your book isn't blue, red, white or black???


10 Janet June 19, 2009 at 10:19 pm

I never thought of that ~ I love it!


11 Gandhali June 19, 2009 at 10:52 pm

yeah, i like. woo! go HP and eragon. i like my books subject-wise, or series-wise, but that's just me.


12 Anonymous June 19, 2009 at 11:14 pm

Rainbow-ordered bookcase is the surest sign that a person (or family) doesn't actually read the books much—you can't possibly find what you need in a library of even moderate size. Looks striking, I'll grant you!


13 Shelese June 19, 2009 at 11:31 pm

Wow, I love this idea! Thank you for sharing it. I think your shelves look great.


14 Katrina June 19, 2009 at 11:59 pm

love the bookshelves. i wish my husband would let me do that but his books are sacred to him and must be organized by topic.


15 Jaime June 20, 2009 at 12:21 am

Anonymous sounds a little big for her britches. Of course you read the books!!!
And I'm sure you will always be able to find what you're looking for because you're an artist, and very visual.
Are those bookcases solid wood? I love them.


16 Tanya and Ryan June 20, 2009 at 1:28 am

Very cool! I just bought new bookshelves so maybe I'll give this a try.


17 Jen M June 20, 2009 at 3:20 am

I love it! I'm not usually a fan of open bookshelves filled with books (I'm sensitive to visual clutter) but this turns the bookcase into a work of art. So cute.


18 N. Tipps June 20, 2009 at 8:15 am

What a great idea! It looks so great.


19 ~shari~ June 20, 2009 at 8:38 am

They look great…. I just re-organized my bookshelves this week too! It must be in the air…

why was it a funny day??? any news?


20 argylesocks June 20, 2009 at 9:37 am

I love it. Organization for artistic people is my favorite. Lovely.


21 MamaChristy June 20, 2009 at 9:42 am

Very pretty, but I would be a basket case when I went searching for the next HP book and couldn't find it right away. Maybe in a few years, when the baby isn't a baby any longer and doesn't feel the need to pull all the books off the shelf, I'll give this a go.


22 Jenna June 20, 2009 at 10:37 am

LOVE that idea! We just moved and organized ours by subject, but I like your idea much better!


23 Zom! June 20, 2009 at 12:39 pm

Bookstore-hubby always wanted to do this in one of his shops…forget genre and alphabetizing, a color organized store would be much more fun. Too bad corporate is such a stick in the mud. It looks great!


24 Big D June 20, 2009 at 2:36 pm

I like it and think that it doesn't look hard at all to find what you want. I took an idea from Pottery Barn and turned all of my books spine side in so that it was very monochromatic, and I can still find the books I want easily! Go figure.



25 Marianne & Clayton June 20, 2009 at 2:42 pm

"Anonymous said…
Rainbow-ordered bookcase is the surest sign that a person (or family) doesn't actually read the books much—you can't possibly find what you need in a library of even moderate size."

What a crock! People who truly read love their books and know them inside and out. I can easily find a favorite book from my random piles all over my house, or in my crazy bookshelves, so why would color coordination be any harder.

I love the idea of bringing more style to every corner of the home.


26 Denise June 20, 2009 at 5:49 pm

Love the books. Love the Rhodes! Thanks for the nod. Miss you.


27 Rebecca Lynch Photography June 20, 2009 at 6:39 pm

Interesting, I think I like it.


28 Katie @ goodLife {eats} June 20, 2009 at 6:45 pm

Love it! I did that on my son's bookshelf. There are two shelves and then a bottom cubby where all the animals go. The top shelf has the bigger kid books for later on, like Harry Potter and the like (stuff hubby and I have read but we're saving for him). The second shelf is full of all his kid books. Left to right in rainbow color order. It looks bright and happy! and it makes it easy for him to put them away.


29 Whitney Johnson June 20, 2009 at 9:37 pm

What fun!


30 Jessica June 20, 2009 at 11:47 pm

I love all the colors together. I have to have mine organized by subject and then in alphabetical order. My hubs thinks I'm odd. I'm okay with that though. Happy Weekend.


31 simpli mama June 21, 2009 at 2:01 am

Inspiring. I read this just as I was *planning* on going to bed…Got my husband to help me do this with our kids bookshelf :D It looks AMAZING.


32 Anna June 21, 2009 at 2:07 am

we did this on our expedit bookshelf with both some of our books and some of our DVDs (in different boxes). To me it makes it look more organized and less cluttery (essential with that ikea expedit). and maybe i'm weird, but I can usually remember the color of the spines of my books so I don't worry about losing track of them as my library grows.


33 hometowngirl June 21, 2009 at 10:07 am

i love them by color!


34 Morgan June 21, 2009 at 11:35 am

I just did the same thing in our house…it is so much more visually appealing.


35 kgbgraphics June 21, 2009 at 3:13 pm

I just saw this on HGTV, is that where you got the idea from?
I<3 it!


36 mandi June 21, 2009 at 9:08 pm

hey! i do this too! love it- yours look great!


37 Libai June 21, 2009 at 9:52 pm

I always organized books by subject, BUT organizing by color looks really cool. I love it.. Thanks its a cool idea..


38 Joyful Imperfection June 21, 2009 at 10:22 pm

I did this ages ago and loved it, it's a subtle way to make a different impact. My husband however couldn't stand that books were not arranged by type or author and eventually rebelled and rearranged. Sad.


39 ~SarahInParis~ June 22, 2009 at 5:01 am

What a fabulous idea! A great way to transoform a dull bookshelf!


40 Scattering Lupines June 22, 2009 at 8:44 am

Great idea. One I'm going to mimic.


41 Pumpkin Petunia June 22, 2009 at 8:48 am

Looks great!


42 Ali Rockwell June 22, 2009 at 9:32 am

This is awesome. I had my books arranged by color at one point, but when I moved they somehow just made it back into alphabetical order… which also makes me smile. But really, this is so much fun to look at. Maybe it's time for me to arrange my books this way again.


43 Bri June 22, 2009 at 11:22 am

I've always wondered how to make the books grouped by color work, but I think that the way you have it, with each shelf having a color, looks great! Hope the cinnamon rolls were good!


44 awesomeasaone June 22, 2009 at 12:40 pm

I always feel so inspired when I see books arranged this way…. love it!


45 Kellie June 22, 2009 at 2:36 pm

They look fab, I actually did the same thing Friday night. I think it creates a very cool effect.


46 heidikins June 22, 2009 at 3:03 pm

I've had my books organized by color for years. I love looking at them and I always know exactly where every book goes.

Love it!



47 J.J. Killins June 22, 2009 at 10:02 pm

i did that a year or so ago and LOVE it, it really lets the eyes rest a bit when you're a big book collector!


48 Amber June 24, 2009 at 3:21 pm

I arrange my closet in rainbow order…I've never thought about doing books that way. Genius!


49 Lindsey June 24, 2009 at 8:04 pm

That is SUPER cute! I love it, I really do!


50 Yellow Book June 25, 2009 at 10:11 am

Looks great! Just curious, where did you get your bookshelves?


51 Niki H June 26, 2009 at 4:41 pm

I love love love it! and I can't believe I've never thought of it.
Thanks for the idea and inspiring blog!


52 Crawling Axe June 28, 2009 at 1:10 am



53 Barefoot Princess & Family July 1, 2009 at 8:35 pm

I love this idea! you have inspired me to try this in our home. Our books were still in piles on our floor since we moved, but today I got to work color coordinating. Not only was it fun, but I am such a visual person I think I will remember where each book is b/c of its color!
Love your bookshelves…where did you get them?


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