Creating a color-coordinated bookshelf is no easy feat. Take it from Elsie Larson of , who successfully executed a in her family room. That's right, not a shelf, but an entire wall. The entryway creation is better then wallpaper and takes the idea of a colorful bookcase to the next level.
If you're looking to recreate the look, perhaps on a smaller scale, Elsie shared 7 tips with CQ on how to make it happen. FYI: It takes a loooong time to perfect.
1. The secret to success is shopping by color. "When I would go to the used book store I would only look at the categories I was interested in like gardening, crafting, renovations, cookbooks, and biographies," Elsie says. She would keep a list of the three or four colors she was focusing on at that point in her bookshelf journey, and would browse those sections by color.
2. Try to aim for one color per shelf. Elsie says every person's space is different, but she organized her wall by having one color per shelf and, well, you saw how beautifully it turned out.
3. Pink and yellow books are harder to find. In a blog , Elsie revealed that it was much easier to collect green and blue books during her search as oppose to pink and yellow. Pro tip: If you see a pink or yellow book that fits your style, get it while you can.
4. Measure your shelves. It's easy to see a book and think, perfect! I'm done. But, books come in all shapes and sizes, and it might not fit what you're working with. Make sure you measure your shelf width and height so you know what will, and what won't, fit.
5. Don't feel weird about buying books for decoration. Elsie says that the only new books on her shelves are ones she would have bought anyway. The rest? All secondhand. "I have no problem with buying some books as decorations," she . "If the books are being loved and appreciated as a collection, that is better than sitting on a used bookstore shelf, right?"
6. But, since you are buying books for decorations, getting them used will save you money. Elsie, who lives in Nashville, found a local store with a wide range of prices, that sold books for as low as 25 cents. She also suggests checking out garage sales and .
7. Be patient, because your bookshelf could take months to perfect. "It took [me] a solid year. I wanted to complete it in a few months, but it was much more cost effective and less stressful to give it more time," Elsie says. Looking at the photos, it was clearly worth it.
8. Create a rainbow bookshelf task force. "If you have friends or family who also like to thrift shop, enlist their help," says Elsie. Maybe your sister will see a yellow book while she's out, and you know, they're hard to find, so she can pick it up.
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