Color Coded Bookshelves - The Surznick Common Room

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Color Coded Bookshelves

Maybe you guys have heard through the grapevine that Nick and I are big book lovers... (or maybe you've just checked out our monthly reads). Either way, our little library is one of our favorite parts of our apartment. We love real books and displaying them as little reminders of all the fun, scary, sad, happy, exciting adventures we've taken over the years with the characters we love. But not only that... our bookshelves are a great way for us to add color and life to our rented apartment.

Ever since I've started collecting books, I've always had a system for shelving them: alphabetical order by author's last name, all books in a series are shelved in chronological order, all unread books go on the bottom shelf, etc. I've even gone as far as putting non-series books by the same author in order by publication date... (I know, guys... I know.)

Lately though, our collection has grown quite a bit and our shelves have been looking like a big hodge podge of chaos. Even though I knew they were organized, they weren't very pleasing to the eye. We've been hardcore spring cleaning our apartment this past week, so we decided this was the perfect opportunity to switch things up a bit. I've been seeing a bunch of photos on Pinterest and other blogs of bookshelves organized by color and I love how they look. Plus, this seemed like a nice and easy way to spruce up our bookshelves for free, so we gave it a go!

This obviously doesn't require a tutorial, but here was our basic process:
- We pulled all of the books off the shelves and gave everything a good dusting
- Nick said over and over, "I can't believe you're allowing yourself to do this!"
- We sorted all of the books into piles by color
- Lastly, we put them back on the shelves in their new color groups
Easy peasy, huh?!

Honestly, I LOVE our color coded shelves. I think I love them even more than I love my old system. They're so much prettier and I think the shelves just look more cohesive. It'll be an adventure trying to find a book I'm looking for, but hey, that's what books are about, right?

Sarah & Nick

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  1. Wow! I am stunned! It looks SOOO good! I can'tbelieve how you could make that large collection of books come out looking like a decor statement..... Good for you!! :)
    hugs x, Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

  2. I love it! That's such an awesome idea. Have you read "Me Before You" by JoJo Moyes? I'm obsessed with that book. I'm new to your blog and haven't read too many posts yet, so I'm not 100% sure if that's the type of books you like, but I suggest you check it out. It's been months since I've read it and I still think about it! haha

    1. Thank you! I've heard of that book before but haven't read it. It sounds good! I added it to my want to read list :) PS welcome to our blog!