Living Room Makeover: Un-Color Coordinating The Books

Our living room has been undergoing a rather prolonged makeover. It all began with the desire to paint an aubergine wall. Then we had to swap out the curtains, and to finish things off, we're finally buying a coffee table and departing from the color coordinated book trend. Like many of you in AT land, we jumped on this bandwagon several years ago and loved it. But the reality of our bookcases is such that when we want to add a white book, because the shelf was packed tight, all other books must round down like a giant (inconvenient) domino effect. Follow the jump to see the result and also, a sneak peek at that aubergine wall...

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This is one side of our bookcase before the re-categorization back to topical groups. Had we built in pockets of extra space on each shelf — by inserting a picture or whatnot — perhaps the color system would have lasted longer. But, after much discussion, we decided that more randomized color would actually benefit the space by breaking up the solid blocks of color and creating a better visual texture.

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And this is that same corner, after the addition of a purple wall and a painstaking book reorganization. Oh, and curtains relocated from their previous home in the dining room. The green curtains, which we loved, were just too much with a big purple wall...

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It was cloudy when we took these pictures this morning and we promise we'll have a complete before and after post soon. But in the meantime, how are you feeling about the color coordinated book trend? Have you been there and then undone that? Or are you sticking with it, all the way? We'd love to hear your thoughts.

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