There are many lovely ways to organize a bookshelf, but the rainbow shelf is one of the most aesthetically pleasing. Sure, you may want to arrange your books by genre, or author, or alphabetically by title. I have a system where my favorite books earn a spot on the top shelf. But if you can’t resist a beautiful book with a decorative, colorful spine, you probably have toyed around with arranging your books in a rainbow pattern.
With the rise of the Instagram #shelfie (AKA a picture of your amazing book collection), there have been plenty of gorgeous posts featuring rainbow shelves. Personally, I’m always inspired by these creative pictures, and they make me want to start organizing my shelf right away. So when you also inevitably decide it’s time to reorganize, you’re probably in the same boat: you want to go for that colorful pattern. The question is: how do you start arranging your books to look like the fantastic photos you’ve seen?
It may seem simple, but there’s a method to creating the perfect ombre color effect on your shelf. Here are some easy steps to take so you can create the rainbow bookshelf of your dreams — and then take a million pictures of it.