Please help with built in bookshelves in my two-story great room!
I have had the hardest time accessorizing the shelves on the right. They are big shelves. I would also love advice on whether to paint the backs of the shelves and behind the TV. Should I paint them the same color as the wall, or perhaps line the back with mirror? And should I put anything above the TV? What about over to the left above the staircase?
Trying to pull together a room full of accessories is a daunting task. Accessories determine the personality of the room and provide a sense of who you are. You have a lovely home and we can see that you have great taste and a sense of color. Sometimes, larger spaces can overwhelm us when it comes to decorating, but we think we have a few suggestions that may help you pull everything together.
Let’s start with the shelves. The accessory items that you have seem a bit too small and look cluttered rather than purposeful. Your idea of painting the backs of the shelves and the area behind the TV is right on target. We think a Spa Blue would be an excellent choice. Another option would be to hang grass cloth in a neutral tone, perhaps matching the wall color, or pale blue to give the area texture and substance. The choice is yours.
As far as accessorizing the shelves, we sketched out a possible arrangement. It consists of lesser items that have more impact. In this case less is more – choosing items that are in scale with the size of the shelves really matters.
The accessories we choose were selected for their impact as well as variation of shape and color: three of the Patchwork Prints on the lower right shelf and one leaning against books on the top left shelf; Individual Klimt Landscape Print #5 on right middle shelf; Small Italian Garden placed on center left shelf. All the other accessories were originally on the shelves, we just weeded out the less impactful ones.
The wall above the fireplace is expansive and could use some architectural interest, which is why we chose our Garden District Mirrors to define the area without competing with it. We have also chosen our Napoleon Premier Print for the staircase. It is such a conversation piece! It was chosen not only for its unique style, but for its impressive size.
|1 – Patchwork Prints||2 – Individual Klimt Landscape Print #5||3 – Small Italian Garden||4 – Garden District Mirrors||5 – Napoleon Premier Print|
We do hope that you will find some of our ideas helpful, and wish you happy decorating – have fun and enjoy! Don’t forget to send pictures when you finish.
The Style Studio Team