We've been invited around to Rebecca's new house for afternoon tea, and we can't wait to have the grand tour. Rebecca has redecorated her entire house and we are expecting to see something spectacular: she's a very talented interior designer.
We walk through the door, across the polished concrete floor, and the first thing we notice is everything is grey, black, white or red. Everything coordinates. The girls gaze with wonder at the huge crystal chandeliers. There is even one over the table, outside on the decking. We tour the spacious entertainment areas, Rebecca's workshop/office, the state-of-the-art kitchen, the walk-in-robe that is a room all of its own. But then I catch sight of something even more stunning, something that isn't only grey, black, white or red: the bookshelves.
I stand before the rows of books, captivated. The shelves are a rainbow of colour: red books sit next to orange books which gradually turn into yellow ones. I decide at once, I must start searching for books with colourful covers. I must have a bookshelf just like Rebecca's. And then I realise something: Rebecca didn't go out and buy special books. All she has done is arrange her existing books very carefully, according to the colours of their covers.
I can't have a polished concrete floor, or a huge chandelier. I can't afford to throw out everything that doesn't fit into a four colour decorating scheme. I will never have a cavernous walk-in-robe (or enough clothes to fill one.) But I can have a rainbow bookshelf. And it won't cost me a cent. I go home and I start rearranging my books.
My photos aren't very good (as usual) but even so, I know my bookshelf doesn't look half as good as Rebecca's. (If only I had some pictures of her shelves to show you!) I became impatient and didn't sort all our books properly, and I only organised one bookshelf. And I think I have arranged the colours in the wrong order. Maybe I should have obeyed the ROYGBIV rule of the rainbow. But where do the white and black books fit in?
If you follow this link you will see a much better example of a colour coded bookshelf than mine.
I have just had another idea. Maybe I should use one bookshelf for each colour instead of having all colours on one shelf. I think I might try that out. What do you think? Would you colour coordinate your books?
Now... where is that book? If I could only remember what colour its cover is...
Beate... I did some research... How about making some bookshelves out of pallets? They're cheap (maybe even free) and very effective. Here's some links:
Rustic, modern reclaimed and free
How to make a pallet bookshelf
21 way of turning pallets into unique pieces of furniture
I've just read all those pallet posts and my mind is busy thinking of pallet bookshelves, coffee tables, shoe racks, vertical gardens, work tables, storage shelves... What a lot of things you can make out of pallets. Several years ago, Andy made a huge compost bin from pallets. It's the best composter we've ever had.