Not just one for those of us that like the order of rainbow-like blocks of colour on our bookcases, this look can also help your books fit with your room’s palette. By only having ones on show who’s spines sit tonally with the shades of paint, fabric, art and accessories nearby, you’ll create a more cohesive space. (A bookcase like our Chichester that has closed cupboards beneath means you still have space for all the books that don’t fit in.) They can also help tie in accent colours from a print or rug that might otherwise feel out of place.
If you can’t find any or enough books in your collection that work, and you’re not too precious about them, you could always paint the covers. It’s something our visual merchandising team do in our stores – they suggest sticking to hardback books with cloth covers that the paint can stick to, and using a matte emulsion so you can match wall and furniture colours exactly.