Monday, October 3, 2011
A Little Bookcase Love
Bookcases are hard. If you're like me, you hit on a look you like and then eventually you start tweaking it a little here and there, until suddenly, you're not happy with it anymore. Something's missing, or maybe there's too much?
So last weekend, I cleared them off, took all the shelves down, pulled out some leftover blue paint from the kids' bathroom and ...
That's an electrical outlet in the back of my bookcase. Nice to have for lighting, but a challenge, too. The paint color is Behr's Tide Pool. I decided to go with this one, because I thought that the Martha Stewart blue on this desk would be too bright.
And I've introduced pops of blue on the mantle as well.
I'm really loving the blues, tans, browns, and creams together. I have metallics in there as well: gold frames, silver serving pieces, and my caramel latte metallic pumpkins. Blue was definitely the right accent color for the bookcases. But did I get the right blue?
You tell me...
With everything off the shelves, it was much easier to "cull" the contents. All of my paperback books have a new home stacked in my bedroom (for sorting at a later date!) and I turned some of the books spine inward to keep an overall neutral feeling -- there are plenty of pops of color from other sources. Bonus: I love the exposed page edges! This isn't qutie finished but I'm MUCH happier with these after adding color, culling some books, and even losing an entire shelf (the beauty of adjustable shelving!). I made the sides symmetrical and it has a much cleaner look. So here's another look:
Okay, so your turn to weigh in... should I have gone brighter or darker? I'm still on the fence to be honest. But that's the great thing about paint-- it's easy enough to change for not a lot (if any) money.
I'll live with it for a bit, I think, and then decide. :)