Currently Obsessed with Navy Velvet Sofas. But I think the grey stained (or dry brushed) paint ed bookshelves might be just the right way to tone down the white bookcases in the middle of the main room!
Check out the sky blue back painting on these white bookcases! That looks fantastically spacious and classy, while not being at all fussy. - DIY built in bookcases with kitchen cabinets from thriftydecorchick
If you like the look of librarylike shelves but don't want to splurge on a custom design, use bookcases to create the appearance of floor-to-ceiling built-ins. In this living room, four tall bookcases were stacked and secured to the wall with anchors.