Whether a bookcase, a hutch, a cabinet, or a built in, being creative with the interior is a great way to add a little pizzazz to the space and to the objects which one wishes to display. Sometimes we might think of something simple, maybe even a tad bland in wood tones, but here are some great examples to show how using either a contrast color, a texture or a reflective surface can add life to the space to showcase precious objects or beloved books.
Complimentary colors working perfectly together.
Martha Stewart Living
Shades of the sea, whether a blue, grey, turquoise, or emerald, anything reminiscent of the sea, all of these colors work well. They can be contrasted with color, or a monochromatic fashion, paired with shades of white or even wood tones. Elizabeth Martin via Elle DecorHouse Beautiful as seen over at the super fabulous blog, Simplified Bee
Green….vibrant, punchy, soothing, or a relaxing green, either way, they work well in creating the ideal setting. John Willey
The strong contrast of the lime with the white along with the black matted framed intaglios make this arrangement sing with a burst of color making it one very happy place to be. Tobi Fairely
Shells, books and vintage sailor's shell art which are set off beautifully in creamy white and a soft pale green. Super talented Brooke Giannetti (Velvet & Linen)
Colorful & Cheerful
Photographer Michael Partenio
Neutrals….and a dark contrast….everything always looks good in black and/or a rich brown (in my opinion :)). Photographer Michael Partenio Mary MacDonald
Even in small cabinets such as this one, with a silver leaf it adds a lot of sparkle. Martha Stewart
Bold & Beautiful
Grass cloth paper on the walls paired with black and reds on the built ins and throughout the room add warmth. Brooke Giannetti @ Velvet & Linen
Molly Luetkemeyer of M. Design
Couldn’t you just imagine this stunning faux finish treatment by the talents of Billet Collins complimenting some beautiful china or favorite pieces?
So remember to…….. Cover Your Cases.
Papered: a good rule of thumb is to use small repetitive prints and paisleys.
Painted: shelves should be a deeper shade to suggest shadow and depth.
If you need assistance in figuring out what would be the best backdrop in your space for your favorite treasures, consider hiring a professional to find that perfect combination.