Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Inside story ...

Decorating the inside of bookcases and shelving units with wallpaper or paint can have some pretty impressive results. What otherwise would be another humdrum storage solution becomes an instant wow factor in any room.

Image via Apartment Therapy.

I actually used gift wrap paper to back a glass-front storage unit in my studio and love the results. There are wallpaper and contact paper as options as well. With so many great patterned papers, there are a myriad of styles and colors to fit any interior design scheme.

Image via London-based interior stylist Melanie Molesworth.

There are equally as many choices of ways to adhere the paper, depending on how permanent this decor may be. I attached my gift wrap paper with double stick tape because I redecorate pretty often. But, wallpaper paste or spray adhesive is a smart choice for more long-term solutions. Of course, contact paper already comes with an adhesive back and is so simple to apply. 

Images above via Marika Meyer.

Fabric is another great way to add an inside color story. But, paint can also be an effective way to add energy and excitement.

Image via My Old Country House.

Just look at how a bold color choice really adds dimension and character to open shelving. I doubt anyone could miss the 'oomph' bright color brings to the beautiful construction of this simple, vintage unit. 

Image via Jason Ball Interiors.

Here's a favorite trick of HGTV designer Candice Olson. Add mirrors to the back of a bookcase to create depth and reflect light into the shelf recesses. I'm all for dressing up utilitarian storage to give it some personality and charm.

1 comment:

Krystina said...

Great idea! I spied two rolls of contact paper that I loved and now must go buy them for such a project!

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