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

April 12 |

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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