20 minutes- and a completely different look- that is my kind of decorating.
If you saw yesterdays post about the refresh in the little cottage- you saw the drama we added with the charcoal painted bookcases, the delicious sparkly chandelier and brass table- and the vintage modern inspired chairs. And you also saw one of the ways to display the vast amount of books I have collected over the years.
Fun facts about book buying:
I will buy books because I like the content- I have quite a few favorites in my collection.
I will also buy books because of their age- I cannot resist a delicious cover with gliding– even if it is damaged and peeling.
And I buy books without covers because I love the texture of the nubby sewing on the spine so much.
And I will also buy books with the most ruffly delicious pages- even if they are newer. Texture is my thing.
Basically- I buy books whenever I find singles, stacks of them or interesting anything. I Love them all.
And many many of my books are wrapped in simple paper. I love a good neutral backdrop but I am not about to take the covers off the more colorful ones just to display them. And many of the books I have have been in discard or discount piles and are damaged enough that the covers are beyond display.
And while I love the neutral pages and no cover books or pages side out on repeat- I can also go the the more English cottage library colorful side. Which is what I am showing today.
Those colorful covers on repeat from top to bottom create a look my mom refers to as. ‘Downton Abbey’. That delicious English library, quintessential vintage charm that makes you feel as if you have stepped into a home from a different era- with proper everything, lots of cozy & that has stayed the same all the years later.
I love, love, love the look of proper libraries as well. And all.those.colorful books on repeat mingling with the dark moody paint of the bookcases?
An Exquisite mix.
And I do completely love it.
And as you can see – I styled the books BOTH ways. This bookcase is full of my grandmothers collection of books and various books I have collected over the years. Yes, some of the books are still reversed and missing their covers- but most of the others of all different ages are facing spine out. Any that were a crazy wild or bright coloring were placed elsewhere to keep it more muted rich and saturated in tone. (does that even make sense haha?)
I wasn’t sure what way to show first- but decided this was a great opportunity to show you how one simple change completely changes the feeling of the room.
Both displays add their own unique touch to the styling of the bookcases.
One is a balancing act. Layers of texture and neutral colors that offsets and lightens the drama & mood of the darker paint.
One loves and plays up that bold mood. With all those colors and details mingling- they bring in lots of richness to make this even more of a dramatic statement.
Ideal for me – would probably be in between.
I LOVE the spines of the books with that gold lettering. LOVE. But when the books are not cohesive in color, saturation, etc. – that mish-mash can get to be a tad too distracting unless that is the look I am after.
That said- I love the look of these books turned the opposite way just as much as I love the neutral pages and spines on display- and I can appreciate the gorgeousness of both.
The best part about this- is it takes just a few minutes to completely change the look and feel of the room- just by flipping the books around.
If you would like to see more of this room including the huge gorgeous chandelier and furniture we added- you can find that post HERE. And shopping details:
Okay folks- I am off to grab a ‘spot of tea’ and sit over by this bookcase for a bit. Happy 20 minute decorating all.