Hello friends, it’s been a while since I showed you some of my projects around here and today I thought I’d get your opinion. Although I’m not actually confused about what I like.
I know I love the black, wonderfully styled bookshelves in this first photo.
But the question for me is, how will I feel in my little office with a big wall of black behind me?
Sigh. Isn’t this what decorating is all about? It’s not that I don’t
like love a lot of different styles and paint shades; it’s really a question of how I’ll feel when I’m inside my little ol’ home enveloped in a particular color or fabric pattern. Especially a strong color like black.
Do you know what I mean?
But here are a few photos that are making me seriously consider black bookshelves in my home office.
But then again….I reaaaaally love white. So. What do you think?
Ready? Here’s the room I’m talking about.
This is a photo taken when the previous owners lived here. They also used this room as an office, painting it a shade of turquoise blue.
Now are you ready to see what I’ve been doing in this room?
Well first the easy part; I painted the entire room BM’s Simply White and immediately loved the change.
Then I decided to paint my one full wall in the room black to serve as the backdrop for my soon-to-be-built bookshelves, choosing the lazy man’s way of making the bookshelves look like built-ins. Right?
Wrong, because the black paint made the textured wall look like black cottage cheese.
So what to do now?
I decided to smooth my textured wall with a few coats of joint compound.
I’d seen my Dad apply this on walls in the past so I followed his (long-distance) directions and once I got the hang of it, it wasn’t so hard.
Once the wall was smooth, and still having that first inspiration photo in mind, I decided I wanted beadboard as a backing for my wall of shelves. But without my Dad’s help, I opted for the wallpaper version instead. I’d seen it in this dining room and liked it, so I bought the Allen and Roth beadboard wallpaper sold at Lowes.
No, I’d never wallpapered anything before, but I thought why not?
After reading all the online comments I decided to spray on the water and then apply more glue despite the fact that this wallpaper has a glue backing.
It worked perfectly and I can’t emphasize how easy this wallpaper was to work with (my own opinion-no one paid me to say this).
In the meantime I found some black and white toile fabric at a great price and had two double width panels made for my small window. I had them lined for added weight and they immediately changed the whole vibe in the room.
Here’s a another shot of the curtain panels. The rug still has to come out and the bookshelves added. And as you might notice the beadboard wallpaper is still white.
So what’s your opinion now?
After living with both colors on the wall, I think I’ve made my decision but I always love to hear your views.
Do you like black bookshelves or white bookshelves for my office?