Black is the New Bookcase
I love black. Provided that it has some undertones and isn’t just a true emo black, it can be really pretty as an accent color because it is so sophisticated and grounding and basically just cool looking. It’s also really versatile because it blends well in almost any space, from industrial to traditional, and looks especially stunning in kitchens and bathrooms. If you’re looking to incorporate some high-watt drama in your house, black is hard to beat. (They don’t call it the “little white dress” after all).
For the new build project that I am working on this summer, we have plans to install a built-in bookcase right next to the reclaimed wood fireplace. It’s going to be the same floor to ceiling height as the fireplace and it’s going to be………wait for it……….black. I can’t think of a prettier combination of rustic and glam and believe me when I say this look is going to be a showstopper.
Although painting something black is not a revolutionary and groundbreaking concept, if you haven’t explored it yet, I encourage you to do so. I’ve collected some great inspirational photos of black bookcases to get us all in the mood.
Exhibit A: The built-in bookcase painted black. You can use either a high-gloss sheen for extra glam or a flat finish for understated elegance.
Technically, this is a very, very, very dark blue bookcase. If you have a major black aversion, a deep saturated blue is a good alternative.
Don’t want to commit to a full-on blackout? Paint the backs of your bookcase, like the photo below, to add depth to your bookcase.
No built-ins? No problem. Just use any type of bookshelf with some black element in it.
There you have it, my sage advice on black bookcases. More sage advice: don’t put a bison in your car.