|Plastic stacking drawers - efficient but meh|
It has made me realise I really should do more to display my 'real' collection in a better way. Of course if I had a living room the size of a gallery, this would not be hard to do. Space is always going to be a major factor when you have a lot of books in a small house. Most will have to stay stored in drawers and on shelves, showing only their spine. But now I want to take my 'A-Team' collection and make a bit more of them.
|The 'A Team'|
So I've started looking around at what other people do with their collections - large and small - and there's some real inspiration out there.
Visiting the home of Caroline Alexander recently I saw her collection beautifully grouped around a doorway (with a portrait of her father Douglas Keen, looking down approvingly). What added to the visual impact was the way she had combined efficient spine-forward storage with occasional cover-facing - as they often do in libraries and book shops. This works really well and it's something I'd like to try.
Some people 'colour-code' their books on the shelf and, if you have enough of them, it can have a real impact.
The trouble is, I'd never be able to find anything this way - I want to be able to display them in terms of series if not chronology and that would work against a neat colour-scheme.
Here are some more shelves I've seen online: asymmetric shelves; glass cabinets; custom made for a snug-fit; shelves where only the smartest covers are displayed; shelves where spine-less, well-loved books are proudly intermingled ...
|(clockwise from left - From the collections of @geekisnewchic @muzzerdaftbat @hwarlow @navyandbrown)|
Have you found an interesting way of displaying books?