Decorating Living Room Shelves

Decorating Living Room Shelves

A herringbone pattern hand-painted by Christopher Rollinson gives the living room of Park Avenue apartment its “wow” factor. “In an important room like your living room, shelves should be a little more styled,” designer Christina Murphy says.
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Decorating Living Room Shelves

4 Of 9 Add Graphic DetailA herringbone pattern hand-painted by Christopher Rollinson gives the living room of Park Avenue apartment its “wow” factor. “In an important room like your living room, shelves should be a little more styled,” designer Christina Murphy says. Jonny Valiant
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Decorating Living Room Shelves

Designer Sarah Richardson makes a statement with a massive antique crest hung above the mantel in her vaulted living room. Originally the logo for and part of Scotiabank’s architecture, the crest reads “Strength, Integrity, Service.” The antique’s chipped paint suits the room’s color palette perfectly while its size is just right to visually fill the space.
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Decorating Living Room Shelves

Orange paint (Pratt & Lambert’s Orange Spice) sets off the Palladian details of the bookcase in the living room of an Atlanta house. “I wanted that saturated color, as deep as I could get it,” designer Kay Douglass says. “It almost becomes an art piece and helps make the room, instead of being just a place to store things. One of the biggest design mistakes people make is cluttering their world with too many things.”
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Decorating Living Room Shelves

5 Of 9 Leave It EmptyOrange paint (Pratt & Lambert’s Orange Spice) sets off the Palladian details of the bookcase in the living room of an Atlanta house. “I wanted that saturated color, as deep as I could get it,” designer Kay Douglass says. “It almost becomes an art piece and helps make the room, instead of being just a place to store things. One of the biggest design mistakes people make is cluttering their world with too many things.” Eric Piasecki
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Decorating Living Room Shelves

Turn the bookshelf into a composition. “Don’t think of the bookshelf as a repository. Keep your shelves vital and integrated,” says Adler. He enlivened the bookshelf in this home, using it as a large-scale focal point and mixing art, lighting, textures and other “un-bookish things,” as he calls them, with reading material.
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Decorating Living Room Shelves

In designer Layla Palmer’s home, the living room mantel is the first thing guests see upon entering. So, she puts it to good use by swapping out elements to reflect the time of year. Layla fills the stoneware pitchers with seasonal greenery or fresh flowers and updates the chalkboard with favorite messages and quotes.
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Decorating Living Room Shelves

In essence, the mantel is simply a shelf — and, most often, the most visible spot in your living room, making it prime real estate for displaying your interests. Photophiles will love this mantel, which showcases the owner’s collection of early box cameras, graphic prints, and books on photography and modern art.
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A Peter Rogers portrait of Alex Hitz’s close friend, the late Nan Kempner, hangs in the library of his Los Angeles house. “The room doesn’t get a lot of light, so I decided to make it cozy and turned it into an English-style portrait room, which is ridiculous, but fun,” he says.
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01 Of 09Display ArtworkDisplay ArtworkA Peter Rogers portrait of Alex Hitz’s close friend, the late Nan Kempner, hangs in the library of his Los Angeles house. “The room doesn’t get a lot of light, so I decided to make it cozy and turned it into an English-style portrait room, which is ridiculous, but fun,” he says. Lisa Romerein
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Display ArtworkA Peter Rogers portrait of Alex Hitz’s close friend, the late Nan Kempner, hangs in the library of his Los Angeles house. “The room doesn’t get a lot of light, so I decided to make it cozy and turned it into an English-style portrait room, which is ridiculous, but fun,” he says. Lisa Romerein
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A Peter Rogers portrait of Alex Hitz’s close friend, the late Nan Kempner, hangs in the library of his Los Angeles house. “The room doesn’t get a lot of light, so I decided to make it cozy and turned it into an English-style portrait room, which is ridiculous, but fun,” he says. Lisa Romerein
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2 Of 9 Display ArtworkA Peter Rogers portrait of Alex Hitz’s close friend, the late Nan Kempner, hangs in the library of his Los Angeles house. “The room doesn’t get a lot of light, so I decided to make it cozy and turned it into an English-style portrait room, which is ridiculous, but fun,” he says. Lisa Romerein
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The sunny morning room in this D.C. design house gets high marks for designer Marika Meyer’s use of subtle texture in the draperies, rug, furniture and bookcase, where a chocolate-and-cream trellis wallpaper draws your attention to the objects on display.
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Painting a bookcase’s interior to coordinate with the room’s decor adds just the right pop of color. For a cohesive look, pull a color from nearby upholstery, pillows or the rug. Design by Lynn Morgan

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  1. Maryanne

    Hi there! This post could not be written any better!
    Reading through this post reminds me of my previous room mate!

    He always kept talking about this. I will forward this article
    to him. Fairly confident he will have a great read. Thank you for sharing!

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