Shelving your books by color: awesome-sauce or recipe for organizational catastrophe?

By on Apr 12th

How do you arrange your books in your home library? Haphazardly? Dewey Decimal System? Lately, I've been seeing more people on the interwebs arrange their books visually — not by type, but by color. In fact, there's a whole Flickr group dedicated to The Rainbow of Books.

bookshelf spectrum, revisited

Photo by santos. Used under Creative Commons license.

While there's no denying that rainbow bookshelves are visually stunning, I can't help but think it would be a major literary bummer if you couldn't remember the spine color of a book when you wanted to find it.

Homies, what do you think? Is shelving your books by color the most gorgeous idea evar, or a book-nerd's express train to irritation station?

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About Cat Rocketship

I was the Managing Editor of Offbeat Home for a year and a half. I have a rich Internet life and also a pretty good real life. Hobbies include D&D, Twitter, and working on making our household more self-reliant. I also draw things.