October 21st, 2014

Decorating Rooms with Custom Built-Ins


My home is a Victorian with unpainted oak trim throughout the first floor, so when my husband and I had custom built-ins created to house our book collection, we chose oak. Now, it’s become an entire wall, floor to ceiling, all done in wood. We’re happy with it, but it’s a lot of wood to decorate around!

My favorite color is pink, and happily my husband is on board with the color for our decorating. Our Victorian has a double parlor, and the back parlor is painted black, so I chose to contrast it with a pale, peachy pink (try Glidden paint’s Frosty Peach Ribbon) in the library (i.e. the front parlor). Each room looks nice on its own, but they work especially well together, which was important to me since the spaces are so open to each other.

Double Parlor

But, pink isn’t for everyone. A number of other colors would’ve complimented the oak too, so I pulled together a few options if you’re working with a lot of natural wood as well. The colors below are Golden Kiwi, Hazy Seacliff Teal, Shaded Fern and Marshmallow White. They would all work together nicely throughout a home, too.

Oak Wood Paint Palette Ideas

Whether you have natural woodwork (as I do), colorful cabinetry or crisp white trim and finishes throughout your home, the key to making custom built-ins work is to really embrace them and keep them in mind when you decorate. Choose complementary colors and echo the tones in at least a few furniture pieces to achieve a balanced look. They’re such a wonderful asset in a home, and the right design choices can really make the most of them!


I have been sponsored by the Glidden® brand paint for PPG to write this post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.