Montage: 40 Painted Built-In Bookshelves (Blue, Green, Black, Yellow, Orange, Red, Purple . . .)

I love the richness of the painted woodwork in these rooms. The tones are of course, much deeper than I would dare to go in my own home. Most of the time. A couple of years ago, inspired by such shelving, I actually had my husband paint the built-in bookcases in our family room a deep purple. It wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t great either. We’ve since gone back to white, with taupey greige walls, compliments of the whole family room re-do. But still, it doesn’t stop me from admiring the work of designers accomplished enough to pull it off, particularly Katie Ridder, who does it with great panache, in monochromatic and highly contrasty spaces, and also, Miles Redd. Which colors do you love best?

Thom Filicia

Lindsey Coral Harper

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Designer Eric Gartner  –  Photographer Tim Street-Porter

Collette van den Thillart of Nicky Haslam Design

Architectural Digest

Katie Ridder

Katie Ridder

Photographer Diane Sagnier  –  The Socialite Family

Jan Showers

Jonathan Adler

Miles Redd   –  Photographer Simon Upton

 Miles Redd   –  Photographer Simon Upton

Todd Alexander Romano

Katie Ridder


Country Living

 Katie Ridder

 Miles Redd

Elle Decor Espana


Susan Sargent  –  Photographer Eric Roth

Martha Stewart Living

Techentin Buckingham Architecture

Katie Ridder

Amanda Nisbet

Angie Hranowsky Domino

Martha Stewart Living

David Kaihoi  – House Beautiful

Charles Spada

Inès de la Fressange’s Paris office – The Selby

Corinne Gilbert, Mc&Co. –  Photographer Miguel Flores-Vianna

Photographer John Bedell

Michael RichmanMetropolitan Home


Hus & Hem

Traditional Home


Raji Radhakrishnan  –  Metropolitan Home

Photographer Guido Barbagelata


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3 Responses to Montage: 40 Painted Built-In Bookshelves (Blue, Green, Black, Yellow, Orange, Red, Purple . . .)

  1. Amazing selection! Really, really great post!

  2. I like the grey ones best, but that’s probably because I tend toward more neutral wall colors. When I was a grad student I had a pair of white floor to ceiling bookcases and painted – just the insides – dark blue. I loved the way they looked. I think that can be a good alternative strategy for the easily color-fatigued.

  3. FANTASTIC Post!! Thank you, so inspiring!

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