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Either Or

Hello. Today I am talking about one of my favorite features in any room - bookshelves. Specifically I am looking at two options for book placement on shelves. In the following images, the books are either placed with the spine showing or the fore-edge (the side opposite the spine) showing. Which look do you prefer? Following are some examples to browse and consider.

This first image shows the fore-edge. I am loving the brass detail and wallpaper in this room.

Marie Flanigan Interiors, photo source

Here you see the spines of all of the books. The table between the two slipper chairs is gorgeous.

Ariel Okin, photo source

The fore-edge of these books provides a very neutral backdrop for the space behind the chair.

Room for Tuesday, photo source

This cheery green library, spines showing, is the opposite of neutral!

Gerald Pomeroy Interiors, photo source

These shelves primarily have the books with the fore-edge showing, there are a few here and there that show the spine.

Alison Giese Interiors, photo source

The spines of these books are color coordinated.

Christian Daw Design, photo source

Not many books on these shelves. There is one book showing its spine, can you spot it?

Bria Hammel Interiors, photo source

All spines for the books on these beautiful-color-blue shelves.

Home of Quinn, photo source

All fore-edges behind this desk. The rug, wallpaper, furniture, and paint color all work so well together in this room.

Bria Hammel Interiors, photo source

Another vibrant blue library with all spines reporting for duty.

Elizabeth Hay, photo source

This bedroom bookshelf looks like artwork with all of the books turned to display their fore-edges.

Meg Lonergan, photo source

Tall, and from what I can tell design books, need to show their spines, don't you think?

Tone on Tone Interior and Garden Design, photo source

This pretty arched shelf displays a mixture of spines, fore-edges and decorative objects.

Amy Storm & Co., photo source

The last image is Library Love for sure. The jute rug, the old floor boards, sightline to the stairs with the pretty hall rug, and the green shelves - all spines revealed - is library magic to me.

Hendricks Churchill, photo source

Either spines or fore-edges? My answer is spines for sure! I want to know the titles and authors of the books and I love the mixture of colors that spines provide. What about you? I'd love to know. Speaking of Library Love, I will be back tomorrow with December's edition. See you there.

Thank you for being here today,




Hi, I’m Kerry, a true lover of all things home design.  Thank you for stopping by to check in on the journey.  Please feel free to reach out to me, I love to talk design!

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