There’s a new home decor trend on the block, and it’s upsetting people, to say the least.
Book lovers everywhere are at arms over the up-and-coming backward books trend, where people style their bookshelves with spines facing in, pages facing out.
As you can imagine, this probably makes it hard to find a specific book since you can’t see the titles, and it’s certainly not how books are traditionally stored. However, it does create a uniquely uniform look for your bookshelf.
So what is it about this controversial trend that has people riled up? Is there a reason to store your books backward? Or is it just to rock the boat a little? Scroll through any number of Instagram comments and you'll find people on either side of the divide.
"Apparently this nonsense is trending in decorator showrooms, and being touted as a minimalist look, due to the neutral color of the paper. I love when people arrange their books artfully, but these isn’t that. This is antithetical to the idea of reading," commented booklegger_eureka on this post. "I never knew of this trend till now. I like it. And agree with @pitmanpyle that it would work well with the books you’ve already read," a more forgiving miningforsoul stated on this photo.
"My grandfather would have a fit lol," chimed in wmphototo on this 'gram. And then there are those who've tossed convention out the window to give it a try: "I’ve done it a few times recently. I did roll my eyes at myself for doing it though," admitted homestagingbrisbane.
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For blogger Hannah Briggs of Thistle Harvest, backward books are a way to maintain a cohesive aesthetic in her home.
“I only keep the books that have pretty & neutral spines facing outward, and any book with a super colorful or not as pretty spine, I face inward,” she explained in a comment on Instagram.
Bookshelves can certainly look a bit jumbled with all their random covers, so this actually makes sense if you’re committed to maintaining a neutral color scheme.
For others, backward books are a way to bring interest into the home. Blogger Natasha Meininger of Outside and In explains that she simply wanted a unique way to store her vast collection of books. Plus, she raises a good question: How often do you really reread books?
“My book collection is huge, so it was important to me from a design standpoint to find a creative way to store my accumulation,” Meininger explained to TODAY Home. “I have read thousands of books. I’ve only reread about 20, so I don’t find it necessary to be able to find a specific title that I’ve already read at the drop of a hat."
Again, a reasonable explanation. Maybe this trend isn’t so crazy after all.
Here are a few more examples of the controversial home decor craze:
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Thank you for all the comments, messages, DMs and emails regarding this little bookcase of mine. The kindness shown by so many people has been overwhelming. I've added the link to the @rockmystyleblog article I wrote on cyber bullying to my profile if you'd like to read more.
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Books|| Luft gemacht im #bookshelf... haha! Siehe Bild 2! Keine 20 Bücher müssen gehen. Dafür stehen sie jetzt #backward und ich niese vom Staubwischen! Macht die Wand etwas ruhiger! Ich finde trotzdem alles, weil ich nach Themen sortiere. - - - #backward #BackwardBooks #shelfie #interior @vogueliving #workinprogress #hatschi #interior123 #atmine #lieblingsecken #solebich #livingwithbooks #thewall #livingroom
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Okay, we want to know: What are your thoughts on the backward books trend? Sound off below!