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Cool Concept: Backwards books

By April 28, 2013

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Organized Books from Domino Magazine

For serious readers, books are a large part of the décor in a room, and potentially a source of clutter.  This post from Shelter Pop got me thinking about flipping your books so the seam faces away and the white pages face you - basically, backwards books.  I recently saw the concept in person while shopping in West Elm (I finally purchased my first Parsons Desk in white), and I have to admit, it made the bookcase more serene and neat.

Another trick?  My friend Michelle visited a home where the owners had covered all of their books in brown mailing paper.  It was a soothing look to have everything uniform, and the vases and pictures displayed with it really popped.

Could you live with your books turned backwards in the name of organization?




March 23, 2010 at 9:24 am
(1) Jane says:

Jeesh, how anal-retentive do you have to be when all your books have to “match”? Pick your battles, people. As long as they’re neatly arranged on a shelf or bookcase, and not laying around in piles, what difference does it make whether they all match? Plus, how are you supposed to find the book you’re looking for? Kind of reminds me of those people who buy old-looking books just for decoration.

March 24, 2010 at 9:27 am
(2) personalorganizing says:

I should have put a disclaimer on this post “For the Uber Organized + Minimalists Only!” I honestly wouldn’t take the time to cover my books, and having the titles facing away from me would drive me nuts!

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