I have been wanting to try colour blocking my bookshelves for months. I was first inspired when I visited my friend, fashion designer, Anna Mason, and delved into her wardrobe. Her office wall was covered in colour blocked books and I loved it. The problem is, you need the time to do it, and who has that?
However, last week my husband was away, and left to my own devices (while the cat’s away!!), I got cracking. Our shelves were getting out of control (see below) and needed attention. It was a mamouth task and took several evenings and a couple of afternoons, but in my view, it was well worth it.
Colour blocking bookshelves is not everybody’s cup of tea, but for me I loved the idea of making a real feature out of our books. I toyed with the idea of whether to create an ombre effect or make it more like a rainbow, but in the end I just had to go with what felt right.
I have a lot of Vogue magazines (starting from the 1980s), so I started with those along the bottom and then moved into black. I tried to keep it tonal, but couldn’t be too precious about it as I had to work with what I had. The rest of the books go from pink to yellow, orange to neutral, brown to red, green to red again, and then onto varying shades of blue, rather like the sky. I don’t mind that the sizes of the books are different, in fact I quite like the irregularity of it.
When my husband came back from his trip, he was rather dubious, but as soon as he saw the shelves he loved them. Phew!