Add Beadboard For A Custom Bookshelf Look
Savvy Chic Home made a simple change with some beadboard for a nice custom look.
When we moved in we had the builders add bookshelves flanking our fireplace. Well… they were definitely builder basic. I thought they could use a little something something. And after we addedbeadboard to our kitchen wall. I decided our bookshelves would look nice with beadbaord to tie the rooms together nicely, plus I has extra beadboard. Saa–weet.
Before- builder’s basic:
A little something goes a long way. It ties my kitchen into our family room perfectly. With an open floor plan this was key.
Now for decorating these bookshelves. Oh how I struggled with this. I think I have changed them around every week for the past year we have lived here. 🙂 We are always in this room and I “study” it far too much!
Anyways I remembered a “Design Article of Faith” that I learned in college and it applied here.
It is called repetition with variation.
- It is when you use something and repeat it though out the design while varying it slightly.
- It creates interest and unifies the design.
- For instance I used black frames in different shapes and formats and repeated them throughout.
(Sorry the TVs on. I didn’t have it in me to turn off the home movies my girls were watching
I am much more pleased with how it looks with using this design principle or “Design article of Faith” as my professor called it. The past year I had cute stuff in it but it didn’t feel unified at all. Now I can have a peace of mind when I look at it. 🙂
And of course this was all done on the cheap!! This is Savvy Chic Home you know.
- The frames were $3 at Wal-mart.
- Antiques were mostly presents or Goodwill.
- The books I already had.
- And if you are a regular reader you know that I got the mirror on CL for $10.
Everything on these bookshelves I got for about $60 or already had. Even better, beat that Pottery Barn.
The official first day of fall is Wed Sept 22nd (it started on the 11thhere ;). So the next post is all about fall decor and how to make these fabulous pumpkins, cause you know fall just can’t wait.
>i think the beadboard addition to the bookcases was a great idea. i love to see things jazzed up. have you thought about painting the beadboard backing? i;ve seen it done and it looks great… isn't the goodwill a great place to find fun things?? and i love spending next to nothing for great looking fix-ups!!!
>Very nice! And yes, Goodwill is a great place for bargains… especially after yard sale season is expired.
>I love the addition of the beadboard. I've been toying with the idea of adding some to my open cupboard in my kitchen, although I'm also pondering some wallpaper – who knows what I'll choose. Thanks for sharing your lovely built-ins.