I may go so far as to say that I am a bibliophile and definitely a traditionalist when it comes to books. I have successfully avoided consolidating into an e-reader as of now, which creates the problem of having far too many books and far too little space.
That being said, I'm also getting married soon, and will face the task of combining the book collections of two avid readers. The task is daunting, so I'm always on the lookout for new ways of displaying my paper treasures. Readers love their books and can be creative with the way they display them in both form and function.
1. On my bookshelves, I like to group monochromatic colors with other objects of the same likeness. I feel that grouping like-colors creates a bolder statement and moves the eye. Here, I grouped an array of cloth-bound blue and black novels with my old Polaroid camera for a vintage feel.
2. This photo shows other areas of the color-sorted bookshelf in my living room. I like to alternate between books stacked and on their sides so that each group stands out.
3. This is a great way to create the illusion of more space. By sectioning off a room with a strategically placed and creatively designed bookshelf, former decoration editor of Domino Magazine, Tori Mellott, forms an office and a living space within one room.
4. Despite the fact that it probably won't help with organizing books, this great Stacked Paperback Wallpaper by Tracy Kendall, available at Anthropologie is a great way to pay homage to the written word.
5. Not a reader? Fake it with wall graphic decals, like this colorful one from Blik.