June 29th, 2016

Painted Bookcases: Function + Fashion

Photo via A Cup of Jo

Most homes have built-in or freestanding bookcases and usually they’re wood or white. But with a little color, painted bookcases can go beyond functionality and take on a whole new look.

For example, painting a built-in bookcase in an unexpected color can create a focal point like this bookcase in sea foam green. If you like mint or sea foam green, try Early Frost or Sea Glass Green

seafoam bookcases

Photo via Architectural Digest

Should you seek something more subtle and classic, try a hue of indigo like Garden Violets, which always seems to be in style. Or if you prefer to lean a little more blue, check out Blue-Grey Slate.

     deep blue bookcasesPhoto via This Old House

Another great idea for painted bookcases is to paint just the backs. Take a cue from the playful green on these playroom bookcases. I’ve used this trick before and it works wonders to add a cheerful dose of color, whether it’s a kid or adult space. Capture a similar look with Spring Green.

     green bookcasePhoto via HGTV

Perhaps it’s a free standing piece of furniture that you wish to enhance. Why not add a bright beautiful coral color like the one that pops inside this lovely white hutch? For this look, try Tropical Coral.

     coral hutchPhoto via HGTV

There’s no reason to limit yourself to one color. Take a peek at this rainbow of color that appears along the back of these built-in bookcases. This is proof that you can mix it up and still keep it interesting.

     rainbow bookcasesPhoto via A Cup of Jo

This post is sponsored by Glidden® paint, a PPG brand. All thoughts, opinions and paintbrushes are my own.