Trend Tracker: Backwards Books

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My husband is an avid book collector. We have boxes and boxes of books in our garage⎯books ranging from nature to romance novels. I appreciate books but sometimes when displaying them, especially in a neutral space, the colors of the spines become overwhelming. I remember seeing the concept of backwards books a few years back and thinking what a brilliant idea it was. Now, there are some drawbacks with backwards books. It’s harder to see which book is which so if you are in a hurry, this may not be the best solution. But my answer for that is to keep your most loved, most read books in a separate location.

The idea of the backwards book is to keep the look of your shelves minimal and neutral. It allows for other design factors to pop. For instance, I don’t think that I would have noticed the shelving hutch (seen above) if it had been full of every color of the rainbow. I definitely see it and appreciate it styled how it is.

Backwards Books

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These shelves have been styled both minimal and whimsical. The top row speaks to those who are more simplistic. The other rows have a little more fun, with accessories and a few non-backwards books.

Backwards Books

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This vignette has both forwards and backwards books. It’s an eclectic assortment of style and pattern. I also love how they’ve stacked some and displayed some side by side.

Backwards Books

Image: Nordic Days

Here’s another example of displaying books both ways. It shows that you can display the spines that you like and turn the not-so-cool spines around. This works great if you are really trying to stick with a certain color palette.

What are your thoughts on backward books?

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Kirsten Grove has always had a passion for interior design. Simply Grove is Kirsten's creative outlet for all things aesthetically beautiful. Started in 2008 as a way to show off eye catching design and decor from all over the world, Simply Grove has become a hang-out for like-minded creatives with a love of interiors and an appetite for design eye-candy. You will also find Kirsten featured in publications and sites like Better Homes and Gardens, Lucky Magazine, RealLiving Magazine, Elle, and Design Sponge to just name a few. She was also named one of Babble’s Top 50 Design Mom Bloggers of 2011 and has been a speaker at Alt Summit 2011, 2012 and 2013.