While this Idea to Steal is nearly five years old, I think the debate still rages. I’m eager to hear what you think!

Bookshelves are an essential tool in your styling arsenal. Book collections are the no-brainer way to add personality to a room. But sometimes you need a breath of fresh air and this week’s Idea to Steal is just that.

What if, instead a cacophony of random titles, all those different colors and fonts screaming at you, you just turned the spines of your books around?! Suddenly, you have a soft, neutral and monochromatic look.

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My dear friend Kirsten of Simply Grove actually caught a ton of flack for this concept when she debuted it back in 2010, but these days the look continues to pop up everywhere. And given that I love pretty much every idea Kirsten ever has, of course, I’m loving this too. In fact, we already tried it in a little corner of the loft.

What do you think? Are you a fan of the anonymous bookshelf look?

For the entire Idea to Steal archive CLICK HERE.

image 1 sfgirlbybay // piero lissoni showroom // image 2 by joshua simpson for remodelista // image 3 by alexis toureau for maison & deco

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  1. This is a pet peeve for me. I loathe this.
    If you have books that you actually use and read – how are you to find them? This is the tail wagging the dog. A well curated and used personal library has an aura all it’s own – but if you buy books by the yard to decorate a soulless room – this is the way to go.

    This look has been around for longer than 8 years. Like poison ivy, it will not be extinguished.

  2. How on earth do you find a book with all the spines turned inward? Obviously, the person(s) living in this space are not readers.

  3. Avid reader, avid spineless book decorator. I took a picture with spines out and flipped the books. Problem solved.

  4. I’m torn,
    on one hand I have lots of books at home that i have read and loved and couldn’t part with, and in doing this it gives them a second life and it looks fab if you are keeping to a minimalist scandi look.
    But on the other hand I would feel embarrassed doing this in my home, I have a lot of book reading friends and I think they would call me a basic sheep lol.