29 November 2010

Cozy Little Library

You know all those people who tell you painting a room black is a terrible, terrible idea?
Yeah... they're wrong.

At night the walls just fade into velvet... it's a perfect reading nook!

Light comes in from all four walls (plus the glass doors reflect),
so the room is still flooded with light during the day.
(Edited to add: there's also an overhead light/fan, as well as recessed lighting on a dimmer, so it's a well lit room at night too!)

The old coffee table became the perfect bench!

Two of the old skinny bookcases went to the basement,
and we bought another wide Billy to simplify things.
(That door is usually open & leads to the bathroom, which has another nice big window!)

We only had one snag... after anchoring the bookcases to the wall, we found that Jesse accidently anchored them through the wall... and into the pocket door. Luckily, we were able to fix it & the hole is way up above view!


Bethany Dirksen

I don't even want to know how many coats of paint that took! Looks great though :)

Shannon @ What's Up Whimsy

The walls look so fab!! I am all for black!

Lo Christine

looks like a great cozy space!


We just (like one hour ago) finished painting our media room dark, dark blue. (Hague blue - Farrow and Ball.)

I lurve it - great paint, only two coats!

I love the pop of that yellow mirror - adorable!

Lily Cate

We painted our office dark charcoal gray. It's really rich and lovely!

Kirsten Sokol

This reminds me of our office/library! We just got 3 white Hemnes book cases (one with glass doors/drawers and the other two were just open). Of course, our room is not black. Perhaps I should reconsider the wall color! It's a work in progress, anyway, and your rooms always inspire! I just love it :)


I love it!! Very cozy.


Wow, I adore this library! You did such a great job! I haven't been brave enough for black paint, yet, but you've definitely inspired me!

elissa @ faucethead

turned out great! i will have black walls in my house one day. they're so chic.

art on canvas

I agree the room looks great, orange goes so well.

Jerrica Benton

I've been searching all over for examples of black painted walls with natural wood trim all over-- this is gorgeous! I have about 4 sample shades of black on the wall right now. I thought I was crazy for even trying :). Would you mind telling me what paint color you used?

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