Trend Tracker: Backwards Books
Image: Wit and Delight
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.
Image: G Blog
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.
Image: home by IKEA
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.
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?