1.30.2012

Painted and Posh: Bookshelves

I've said it before and I'll say it again, when it comes to revamping your home paint is your new best friend and your cheapest accessory. Simply altering the color of something in your space will TRANSFORM...I mean literally transform the entire aesthetic and ambiance of the room into whatever you want it to be....that's right...YOU...you have the power and control when it comes to color. You dictate what it is you want the aura and personality of your room, your furniture piece, your spacial style to say about you through the colors you select. Bookshelves automatically add a smart and savvy air to any space {that is, when they are organized and tidy} however, slap a fabulous coat of color {or two!} on that bad boy and you have taken sophistication to a whole new playing field by marrying posh style with your bookworm brain. I'm sure the majority of us out there have some random, cheap, white Ikea bookshelf in the corner of our office {ahem, me} or a fantastic thrift store or Craigslist find bought out of necessity during college or otherwise that are screaming, begging, crying for a little TLC. Take a look and see how fabulous, how versatile, how distinctive, how impressive, how STUNNING that old, forgotten shelf could look if you bothered to give it a quick coat of spray paint and a new personality to rock:


First, let me just say that this most fabulous shade of jade green is my most recent color obsession and I am lusting to incorporate anywhere and everywhere in mine and my clients homes. Such a beautiful color to stare at...I die...and even more captivating in such an unexpected application as a bookshelf:

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Bright, vibrant, jade too much for you? Need something more traditional and toned down? Look how dapper a dark hunter looks...feels like you should be sitting with a glass of whiskey and a cigar, no?

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Colors as unexpected as lavender don't have to be limited to children's rooms and nurseries or even to frilly feminine boudoirs. This lovely bookshelf takes on a mature elegance and even feels a bit masculine when paired with the architecture....sleek and sassy tomboy much?

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Something that would be fantastic in a children's room would be to incorporate bright, vivid, saturated colors in a rainbow or technicolor application...completely fun, whimsical, and stimulating....match the existing room colors or make it the focal piece in the space! To tone it down for a more grown up appeal simply utilize more refined colors such as jewel tones or select one color and apply an ombre effect shifting from a more pastel version at the top shelf to a deeper, richer tone on the bottom shelf {think of a paint color strip you get at the hardware store}

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This technicolor appeal can also be done in a Mondrian-esque color blocking pattern when multiple rows of shelving are present by simply inserting the color in random shelf openings as oppose to creating a fading ombre effect. I strongly suggest sticking to a monochromatic look or hues in a similar color family or muted tones when dealing with this application because of the visual "jumping" it creates using vastly differing hues can result in something jolting and distracting as oppose to unexpected and fitting.

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As seen above multiple colors add even more of a visual "shock" and aesthetic appeal. To refine that look in a more traditional manner select dual colors with the exterior or "bones" of the shelf in a more neutral hue, in this case dove grey, and accent the interior with a more punchy stand out shade. This, once again, can be taken in many directions. For a more traditional appeal the example below offers a subtle chicness, for something bolder opt for more contrasting hues such as a deep peacock teal on the exterior and a brighter coral interior.

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This same technique can be applied to the interior of built ins as well {whether they have shelves or not} it is a great way to bring attention to the architecture that they present to the room. Also, incorporating a bright sunshiny yellow {my favorite color} near any window as seen below will instantly brighten and lighten the illumination levels and mood of the space.

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Finally, if all this color just isn't your cup of tea know that you can just as easily paint your shelves a lovely neutral such as all dove grey or charcoal, a lacquered black or white, a distinctive and polished navy, or a luscious caramel tone and equally transform the look of your space creating a regal focal point all while staying true to your personal style.

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