The homeowners built in these low-lying bookshelves in the living room, and painted a few unexpected splashes of yellow and persimmon at the backs. Painting the brick surround instantly brightened the room without compromising the cantilevered cement hearth—one of the original architect's signature designs.
If you decide to go for a lot of pattern and color, let that be the focus of the room. Background elements like paint and flooring are best left neutral so great artwork, built-in bookshelves and fun fabrics take the starring roles.
October 13, 2011 12:14 PM
I agree with rachel_d photos 2 & 4 are simply so beautiful! The space I feel is relaxing and full of character, a nice space to snuggle up with a book.
July 12, 2011 2:46 PM
I'm so jealous of awesome built-in bookshelves. Pics 2 & 4 are amazing!
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