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Create A Beautiful Home Library

Books add color to your life, so why not use them to add color to your home? If you’re a book lover who actually loves the real thing- real pages and real paper- and you can’t bear to part with any part of your beloved book collection even though you have an eReader, here is a way to keep those books as decoration instead of clutter.

Instead of a messy bookshelf like this:

organize books on bookshelf

how to organize books

Why not organize books like this?

book organization

Remember ROYGBV as a child? That’s red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, the colors of the rainbow. If you don’t want to organize your books by author or title (I never did- they were stacked willy nilly on my shelves), you can organize your books in the order of a rainbow, adding color and visual beauty to the room that holds your library. A rainbow bookshelf is not only pretty, it will bring some attention to some long-forgotten books as guests scan your organized library of colorful books.

organization of books

harry potter books

If you have fewer books or a single bookshelf, instead of organizing books across a whole book shelf, you can still use ROYGBV on a single shelf to look like this:

ways to organize books

My inspiration for my book organization is this dreamy home library…the rainbow bookshelf looks like artwork and is a fabulous way to display a lifetime of book collecting:

rainbow bookshelf



  • Dana @ Alfabet Soup

    Very cool pics! I like the last one that is all color coordinated. I love the real thing!

  • Dana @ Alfabet Soup

    Love the pics. Especially the last one. I love the real thing.

  • I love that last picture! I would have never thought to organize my bookshelf by the colors of the rainbow. Very creative.

  • Kelly

    That makes the bookshelves look so much more stylish and appealing! I’m boring and have always done alphabetical by author.

  • I love having books around my home on shelves, but the rainbow thing would make me batty! LOL

  • JDaniel4's Mom

    I love the idea of organizing by color. I would have to get books with vivid colors. So many of our books are brown.

  • HilLesha

    That’s nice! 🙂

  • Kimberly

    Cool idea about organizing by color. I would have never thought to do that. My books are separated by subjects… cookbooks, craft books, holiday books, kids book, educational books, true crime books… and so forth.

  • Pam

    I never thought to arrange by color. It looks so pretty. I arrange mine by series and author and when I run out of room, I stack them willy nilly.

  • Anne - Mommy Has to Work

    I have a “library”. I love it, Imix books with special shells and pictures.

  • What an awesome idea! Thanks for sharing!

  • monique

    If only I was so organized! LOL But it does look much better! I saw a post on Apartment Therapy where they decorated the non-working fireplace as a bookshelf. Neat concept, but didn’t look great in reality. Color-coding looks cool.

  • Shop with Me Mama (Kim)

    Love the pictures! So much you can do with books!

  • {Not Quite} Susie Homemaker

    I actually already have my books organized by color- and everyone who comes to my house laughs at me! They do it with love, of course, but I love it anyway. 🙂

  • I love the color coding, now I need some books. I have never been a reader, some day maybe…

  • Hey Jen

    That last picture is gorgeous! I don’t have nearly enough colorful books to do something like that so I just go by genre.

  • Heather

    Wow–gorgeous! I think if I did this, I’d buy books based on color rather than content.

  • Tammy

    Very neat! I however do organize my by genre and then big to little – boring maybe, but then I can find what I’m looking for!

  • Annie @ Mama Dweeb

    LOVE it!! I have never thought to organize books on a shelf by color before! Sooo pretty!

  • That is REALLY pretty . . . but it would drive me nuts when I went to find a book, lol. My book are organized by genre …. then size (because I do need some visual symmetry).

  • organiz ed fiels

    wow, that is a great closet library!

  • Virginia from That Bald Chick

    LOVE it! Thanks for sharing!

  • What a wonderful idea! It’ll add so much color to a dull room.

  • boo

    unless you have a huge collection of books I actually like the look of the first two pictures way better.
    The other books like they are a series of paper back text books just stacked together