Of course painting the back of bookshelves in a different colour is not a new idea. I remember Thom Filicia doing it a bit in homes way back on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy! And it looked amazing then, too. It’s a great way of introducing a colour or tying a colour into the furnishings without painting the whole room. It can also really modernise a space.
White bookcases can be beautiful, and quote often the backs of bookcases (in my house at least) are completely covered by books. But if you’re displaying mainly accessories, collections of vases, pictures along with a few books, colour on the backs of the shelves makes it all look like a cohesive display.
I love the way the pale greeny-blue above brings out the hues in the old glass bottles.
Okay, so this one’s not for books, but don’t the white jugs pop so beautifully against the dark background (above)?
Images: lonny, samantha pynn, graciela rutlowski via house of turquoise, southern accents, unknown, coco rocha in vogue, john willey, house beautiful, lonny, house and home, decorpad, jeremy samuelson, house beautiful