We mentioned after we painted the reading room, that we wanted to revisit it soon. Our books are still boxed up in the garage and we are anxious to give them a more permanent home. Now that our costume party is over and the bathroom is done-zo, we’re ready to build some shelving in here.
The plan is to build floating shelves (although we’re not above disguised center support if needed) on the far wall. I gathered a ton of inspiration photos, but this one below we loved the most.
The big difference is ours will go from wall to wall. I’m glad the photo illustrated how an even number of shelves (instead of the usual design should be in odds) can look good, because that’s how many we felt would fit comfortably in our room. And then, of course, we tried to decide on the color of the shelves by quickly mocking some up in photoshop.
The same green as the wall? (no)
Stained wood. (warmer)
But white seemed to win us over. Since the shelving will butt up against the window moldings, painting them the same white feels like the best, least busy choice.
The last thing we’re trying to figure out before diving in head first to this project is lighting. This room currently has no lighting at all–not even an overhead. So while there will surely be a lamp or two, lighting the book shelves is something on our list. We currently feeling inspired by the sconces in this photo (where can I find them!?):
To be sure the lights come out far enough and don’t just light the top shelf, we’d have to build out the wall at the top to mount the lights to. While I am trying to think of a way around that, Chris feels confident. Still a few measurements to crunch behind the scenes, but we’ll be sure to walk you through the whole process as we go.
Project book shelving–commence!