The leaf-patternd upholstery gives this wingback chair a cozy and informal feel as blue hydrangeas bring the outside in. This arched, built-in bookcase can be alternatively used to display pottery or other treasures.
Simple white walls call attention to the stunning molding in this living room. The back interior of the entertainment center and the bookshelves has been painted a reddish brown, breaking up the sea of white and helping visually connect the room to the kitchen next door.
This playful bar is as quirky as it gets — glasses with colorful stems are arranged on a shelf backed with bright mosaic tile, lime green barstools are upholstered in cowhide and the ceiling is painted hot pink.
This master bedroom pairs soft hues with edgy charcoal grays, showcased beautifully in the floral accent wall. The backing of the white bookshelf is painted a contrasting blue-gray hue, and a window is covered with a ruched gray curtain.
This contemporary living room features a large picture window, built-in bookshelf, mid-century modern end table, and gray wingback chair. The back of the bookshelf is painted dark gray to add depth and make the books and accessories stand out. A black and white striped curtain adds a cozy touch to the beautiful space.
In order to give the ready-made bookshelves a custom, architectural look, Matt and Jodi had a contractor install the two pairs back-to-back. Once the bookshelves were attached to the walls with L-brackets, the exposed sides were clad with luan and trimmed out with 1x3 MDF (medium density fiberboard) paint in the same shade of white as the melamine shelves.
This chic living room, as seen on HGTV's Cousins Undercover, was updated with new floors, fresh paint and design details to make it feel modern. Painting the back wall blue and adding long horizontal bookcases on one side helped elongate the space.
This homeowner's love for color does not stop in the living room; this kitchen is chock full of color. The wood floor has been painted blue and green with an argyle pattern. A red kitchen island and blue double ovens accent the space. In the back of the bookcases, wallpaper has been applied to add more color to the space. The shelves are dotted with colorful pots, pans and dishes for easy access as well as decoration.
Midcentury modern chairs face off in this living room designed by Susan Brunstrum. Built-in bookshelves with a two-toned paint job form a backdrop for the stylish sitting area. The room has great natural light thanks to the large windows on the back wall.
To give the open space just off the entry a purpose, yet keep the center of the area open for traffic flow in and out of this apartment, two pairs of ready-made bookshelves purchased from an office supply store were placed back-to-back to act as room dividers. On one side, a private office is separated from the formal dining space and family room on the other side. The apartment's walls were painted peacock blue, which helps the walls recede so that accents of white and apple green stand out.
Updating vintage furniture is often as simple as painting it in a new, fresh color palette. The two-tone finish on the writing desk looks fresh and sophisticated. Looking for a way to make your collectibles stand out? Line the back of ordinary bookshelves with a graphic fabric or wallpaper.
“The trick to tackling a huge room like this is to divide it up into zones and that's just what this design trio does so well,” says designer Candice Olson. “There is an area to take in the view; a sprawling wall shelf that doubles as both display and seating; (great for those big LA parties); and a main conversation grouping that floats in front of the fireplace. I think the wall art is the strongest element in this space. Large tree-motif panels suit the grand scale of the space, as does the ingenious bubble-wrap wall hanging backed with a very current fretwork graphic — someone’s going to Design Heaven for that move. And can we talk about the pink ducks?! The 3-D element of these wooden sculptures animates the massive fireplace wall but this team doesn’t stop there. A quart of neon-pink paint has these ducks kicking sand in the feathered faces of their pink flamingo cousins. It’s this touch of the unexpected that prevents a serious room like this from looking too somber and that can make a good design a great one. As strong as the wall art is, I feel the decorative elements placed along the wall shelves and mantel are suffering from a case of "Honey, I shrunk the accessories." Big rooms need big accessories — lamps, candlesticks or pedestals, ceramics and mirrors — all large-scaled to suit. I would have opted for a huge, free-form, wood coffee table. Glass tends to visually disappear and is a better choice to help keep the feeling open and uncluttered in small spaces.”