cast your vote - displaying books

My question to you this week is what do you do with your books? Do you arrange them by colour, do you place them randomly, or do you cover them all in paper for complete uniformity? It can be a bit daunting to be faced with a big empty bookshelf. Many times, I have started to unpack boxes of books only to be surrounded by more books on the floor than on the shelves. Should I arrange by height, by topic, alphabetically, by shape, by colour, or just place them randomly. Usually, something organically comes together but it take a lot of shifting and moving around before it begins to feel right.

At the moment, most of our books are still in storage as we don't have a place for them yet . I'd love to build floor to ceiling bookshelves in our living room. For the time being, I'll have to make do with small piles of books on the floor.

Below are examples of different ways to display books. Let me know what you would do...

Books organized by colour. From Eccentric Scholar.

Blue and green, oh my! Via Angela Shetler.

More subtle colour coding. Via Eclectic Interior Design Group.

Randomly arranged books. Francois Halard

Random books. Via the style files.

Random books mixed with objects. Via the style files.

Some colour blocked books in a random selection. Francois Halard.

Kraft paper covered books in India Hicks library. Via Apartment Therapy.

More paper wrapped books. Via Apartment Therapy.

White paper wrapped books from Commute Home.

Cast your vote: what would you do?