This may not be the first time you’ve heard about color-coding your bookshelves, but it seemed like a natural place to start since it’s one of the first things people notice about my living room. Organizing your books by color is an easy way to make a cluttered space look more artistic, and lends some order to what’s often a chaotic mix of color (I also organized my DVDs this way, before getting an entertainment stand with drawers to hide ’em in).
You don’t have to put everything in rainbow order (and how many of us have purple books?), but consider doing groups of beige and brown with reds and oranges, blues and greens together, and grays and blacks.
My favorite bookshelves right now are the Expedit ones from IKEA. They have a modern look that goes with most decor, and you can get a variety of coordinating storage bins that fit the shelf space.