The first time I (Cristina) painted my own room at age 14, I chose a deep blue that I loved for many years. I’m still partial to the color, but if I ever paint my walls blue again I’ll be sure to include the bookshelves too! Colorful shelves are such an unexpected way to add interest and depth into any room, and make a lovely backdrop for beautiful books and magazines.
I love the saturated look of the blue walls, window frames, curtains, shelves, and even ceilings in this living room – the cool color truly transforms this space. Keep reading to see how to bring this look home!
Built in bookshelves are ideal, but for those of us without that luxury these blue stand-alone shelves would beautifully display your literature collection. I paired them with a yellow painting (one of my favorite color combos!) and then grounded the space with natural textures like wood, linen, and fur. As SXSW approaches I’ve found myself looking for ways to accommodate multiple guests in my home, so I was attracted to the multi-functional daybed in the first inspiration room. Toss a few throw pillows on top and this bed doubles as seating for the rest of the year!
*images: inspiration room 1 by Elle Decor, room 2 by Jan Showers, room 3 by Elle Decor Espana, blue shelves, yellow painting, Audrey Hepburn print, triangle print, striped pillow, Mongolian lamb pillow, kilim pillow, lamp, daybed, stump