Bold Built-Ins: 10 Times Shelving Was Made Better By Paint

Bold Built-Ins: 10 Times Shelving Was Made Better By Paint

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Eleanor Büsing
Feb 9, 2016

Elle Decor España via Bookmarc

Oh, the built-in bookshelf. I knew few people whose dream home doesn't include a wall of bespoke shelves on which to store books and display art. And when that built-in bookcase is painted a bold hue, whether bright teal, fresh green, or glorious yellow, the result is irresistible.

In the lead photo from Elle Decor España, soaring teal bookcases strike the perfect balance between luxe and laid-back.

(Image credit: Melian Randolph)

Melian Randolph via Desire to Inspire

With a similar shade of paint on a (slightly) more attainable scale, these modern bookcases are eye-catching in the best way.

This look is not just for living rooms, either; here, a chartreuse bookcase brightens up an eating nook.

Be still, my heart. This magenta beauty—lined in marbled wallpaper, naturally—looks chic as anything.

(Image credit: Raji RM & Associates)

Raji RM & Associates via Domaine

Painted the same color as the wall they sit on, built-ins have a way of looking extra-imposing—in a good way.

Or, go further and paint all of the things. This bookcase, door, door frame, and ladder situation had me at first glance.

You can also show some restraint and just paint the back wall; it's still a very strong look, as this modern space proves.

(Image credit: Bestor Architecture)

Bestor Architecture via Domaine

Not technically shelving (though I suppose we don't know what's going on behind those sunny doors), but just how fantastic is this bright built-in?!

(Image credit: Alvhem Mäkleri)

Alvhem Mäkleri via The Design Chaser

For an ultra modern and minimal take on the trend, how do we feel about these pale pink hanging shelves? I love them, and so much more than I would had they been painted white!

I know this is cheating a bit, because Meghan's bookshelves aren't built in, but I wanted to include one renter-friendly example. Don't these IKEA shelves feel so much more special for being painted in that lovely green? A library corner to covet!

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