Earth-Toned Reading Room Redo | Apartment Therapy

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Guide lovers, prepare for a makeover that may steal your coronary heart (and this one goes past simply bookcases). This room began as a beige field catchall for Jessica Nickerson (Home Selfmade) and her household, but it surely did include quite a lot of books and what Jessica calls “random furnishings.” However a 12 months after dwelling of their residence, they have been prepared to show this catchall into a comfy, practical studying room. Jessica envisioned darkish, earthy colours on the partitions, paired with monochromatic seating—a glance that she was capable of kick off with some secondhand finds. “My imaginative and prescient got here to life once I scored two nice chairs on Fb Market for $130 for the pair,” Jessica says—the velvety inexperienced chairs proven above are the place it began. Impressed by their colour, Jessica selected a soothing mossy inexperienced paint (Sherwin-Williams’s Retreat). “From there, my face regarded like that coronary heart eyes emoji and a plan was born,” Jessica says.

“I really like my husband and he loves studying so I needed to offer him essentially the most particular area I may,” Jessica says. That began with ripping out the previous beige carpet, and putting in a brand new rug on the ground with a pale classic look. After all, the partitions received their inexperienced paint-over, and Jessica ended up taking on the ceiling, too. “My unique plans didn’t embody portray the ceiling however I actually needed this area to really feel stress-free, calming, and comfortable,” she says.

A smooth new ceiling fan changed the dated flush-mount mild, and pretend leather-based on the louvered door panels makes the set look model new.

The hefty new bookshelves have been a DIY; their wooden end affords a heat distinction to the inexperienced partitions. In between, Jessica added a dresser for but extra storage. She’d fallen in love with one which topped $600, however didn’t need to spend a lot—so she created this one by customizing an IKEA TARVA dresser, which prices simply $149. Jessica additionally added sconces from IKEA to the bookshelf wall to supply some tender lighting.

On the wall by the door, Jessica added some distinctive customized paintings: framed salt shakers that belonged to her grandparents. Jessica used IKEA frames and glued the salt shakers to a background product of a thrifted linen shirt.

The undertaking took six weeks and though it wasn’t low-cost, Jessica was capable of save some huge cash by DIYing as a lot as doable, selecting secondhand furnishings, and shopping for massive gadgets—like the brand new rug—on sale. The result’s a “moody, practical studying room” that Jessica predicts will get plenty of use. “I needed to offer my husband a spot to place all of his books and for him to take pleasure in studying them in a type of sanctuary,” she says. “I image him on this room for years to return and it makes me smile.”

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