Our Dark + Moody Library Reveal

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I am so excited to share this newly finished space with you all. I meant to have this post up much earlier but today got away from me, so I wanted to at least post some finished pictures of our newly finished front “library” room. This room would be the formal living room in our home, which is such a waste of space I think in today’s world! We have turned it into a space that makes more sense for our family with these built-in shelves, you can see where this space started if you scroll down.



After the ups and downs of the last month, I wanted to tackle a fun project in our home, something that would change things up a bit but not be an overwhelming DIY project. Paint is always the easiest way to make a change in a space, so I decided to make a quick update in our front “Library” by changing the walls to a darker color. The paint color I chose was Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore, because I knew it was a dark moody gray. I will say in my space it has green undertones so I warn you of that, but it is definitely a very dark, charcoal gray. This was a quick project because there isn’t much wall space, so it was perfect to knock out in a day.



You have probably seen our DIY bookcases my Dad built from IKEA Billy Bookcases. If not, those posts are HERE {reveal} and HERE {how to build them} if you need to catch up. These are my very favorite project in our home, but recently I have been feeling like the white shelves weren’t standing out enough against the pale gray walls in the room.


{this room about a year ago}


Adding the dark paint was just what the room needed, I definitely think the shelves now stand out against the gray walls in a way they never did before. I am still tweaking the shelves and the styling, but that is a never ending project around here 🙂



This room holds my sister-in-law’s piano, she’s currently on stage in Chicago {go Rose!} so she doesn’t have room or the lifestyle to be toting around a baby grand. We are happily storing it for her until she settles into a permanent location. It is a bit of a space hog in the room, but I hold out hope that while it is under our roof one of our children will develop a love of music just like their talented Aunt. So far it hasn’t happened, but we’ll see!



I switched around the Bergere chairs that were in here {I may sell them, not sure yet} and moved up this simple IKEA sofa we’ve had in our basement; I just added new bright white slipcover and a few throw pillows which gave that a new look. I still need to work on the lighting in here but for now, it’s a perfect spot for a glass of wine or to relax with a book.



I also moved my art print from Minted in here, much as I loved it in our family room, I couldn’t ignore that the colors of the painting called out for a darker background. I love how the scale of the painting and the mix of the tones in the art look over the white couch.



I can’t believe the change in this room, the space started out like this {below} when we moved in just three years ago.




I moved over our gold bar cart over from the Dining Room, I’ll do a follow-up post with the details on this, but I love how it looks under this antique mirror. The light wasn’t ideal today for photography but I think the gold on the cart looks great in this little space right by the front door, cocktail anyone?



I also did a quick rug switch, moving the Fables rug from my Dining Room in here. I like the traditional style of it better with the mix of the shelves and the wood tones of the piano. You can see how our dining room looks now, I have posted some pictures of it over on our Instagram feed.



I’ll leave you with a few more pictures, and stay tuned for the follow-up on the bar cart with more pictures of the room and that easy DIY.



Rug–{from Joss & Main} but currently available HERE

Couch, Black + White Pillows–IKEA

Bench–Target–Similar HERE

Art Work 

Throw Pillows, Tray, Shelf Items, Pillows–HomeGoods

Bar Cart–Similar HERE and HERE


See the Bar Cart Makeover Post HERE.

{sharing this at Inspire Me Tuesday!}




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  1. the room looks amazing!

  2. LOVE IT! Yes I definitely remember when your dad did those bookcases and I was drueling at what was accomplished! OMG! I’ve told friends about this and encouraged them to do the same though they haven’t yet….maybe intimidated? Either way, LOVE the look and everything in the room – including the piano! Who knows YOU might be the one to take lessons!! -)

    • Thank you Julie! I took lessons years ago and can’t remember a thing. My daughter needs to start, but it’s one more activity to squeeze in much as I’d love for her to learn. Hope you are doing well! XO, Amy

  3. It looks so good! Where do you get your slipcovers? I need some for my sofa..

  4. What a beautiful room this is! The perfect place to curl up with a good book and a glass of wine. I love it.

  5. It’s beautiful. We made our formal living room into a music room/library and use it so much more!

  6. OMG! It looks so beautiful! I would have love to decorate my room like this!

  7. Love it all. What a gorgeous room.

  8. I enjoy your blog! Can you tell me where you got the slipcover for the sofa?

  9. color n interior says

    Really amazing transformation. Loved your color sense, the dark gray color is looking great with the white shelves.

  10. Love the transformation. Found this from your post about the “built in” shelves your father built. Great design for shelves and room redo. Where did you get the slipcover for the sofa?

  11. These are amazing! and i love the update with the darker wall color. Perfect!

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