Montage: 44 Painted Built-In Bookshelves (Blue, Green, Black, Yellow, Orange, Red, Purple)

I love the richness of the painted bookcases in these rooms. The tones are 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 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, to complements the neutral re-do of our family room. But still, it doesn’t stop me from admiring the work of designers accomplished enough to pull off the look of richly painted bookcases. I particularly like Katie Ridder’s rooms with painted bookcases; she does it with great panache, in monochromatic and highly contrasty spaces. As does Miles Redd. Which colors would you experiment with for built-in bookshelves  in your own study?

Thom Filicia

Lindsey Coral Harper


Designer Eric Gartner  –  Photographer Tim Street-Porter  – Elle Decor

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  –  Elle Decor

 Miles Redd   –  Photographer Simon Upton

Todd Alexander Romano

Meredith Heron Dark Blue Bookshelves In Den

Meredith Heron  •  House and Home

repinned 460

ODA-Architecture  •  Architectural Digest

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 Richman – Metropolitan Home


Hus & Hem

Traditional Home


Raji Radhakrishnan  –  Metropolitan Home

Photographer Guido Barbagelata

Dark Blue Paneled Library Den Study Bookshleves



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3 Responses to Montage: 44 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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