Dark Built-in Shelves


I know so many of you loved the way our shelves looked last week but I ended up painted them white again, even though my original idea when I painted them a couple of months ago, was to have dark built-in shelves.   Potterybarnrusticvaseknockoffcraftberrybush-11

If you follow me on Instagram, then you might have read THIS post. Where I had an eureka moment as to the reason why I’ve been so restless the past few weeks.  The white shelves look so pretty and clean but as soon as I put the paint away I kinda regretted it but I styled them anyway. But at around 2:00 AM in the morning I suddenly jumped out of bed (actually, I quietly got out of bed so hubby didn’t stop me) and headed downstairs to do this….



GULP! what do you think? It’s dramatic isn’t it? but I really, really, really like it. It doesn’t even look like our house and I think it’s the punch of wow that I needed (for now)


This isn’t the first time I’ve used a dark color on the wall, both our son’s room have very dark walls and I knew I loved the look. This is my oldest son’s room that will soon become my office. That actually makes me sad to say…:(

Here’s the otherside of the room…:)  The color on this wall is called Tuxedo by PARA paints and it’s a true black. The undertones are fairly warm.


This particular color is called Midnight by Canadian Tire, and it has a blue/green tone depending where you’re standing in the room.  For my US friends, I looked for a Benjamin Moore paint resembling it and funny enough the color that resembles it the most
is also called Midnight by Benjamin Moore. Although I feel that the Canadian Tire version has more of a green hue which might be good or bad depending on what you’re looking for.
I completely love the way the rug looks now that the wall is painted and how cozy it all feels. It’s perfect for fall and winter. I’m already planning my Christmas decor and I’m feeling super excited about it. :)  blackbuiltinshelvesinlivingroomcraftberrybush.com-5
By the way, if I ever come back in a different life, I want to come back as him. What a life! lol
I’ve always loved the contrast of the gold and dark wood.  blackbuiltinshelvesinlivingroomcraftberrybush.com-7
And of course the orange just pops so well.  blackbuiltinshelvesinlivingroomcraftberrybush.com-8

builtins Here is the progress….blue shelves, white shelves, dramatic shelves.  blackbuiltinshelvesinlivingroomcraftberrybush.com-9 All I need now is an old beat up tan leather couch. Wouldn’t that just look stunning?  If any brands are reading this, hit me up …lol

Well, there you go, what do you think?  Dramatic right?

Do you want to take any bets as to how long this will remain this color? ha.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I’ll be back on Wednesday to share this year’s front porch. Hope to see you then.

much love,




  1. suzanne says

    I LOVE the dark color! It speaks to all the fall/winter coziness that’s ahead. I’m wondering, though, if you’ll still enjoy the clor when next summer comes around. Living in Florida, I know that the light is different than it is up north. Just wondering how the dark would translate down here.

    • says

      The light right now isn’t bad and I do love it but I will probably paint them white again in the spring summer. If I can even last that long. Knowing myself, as soon as the tree comes down, I’ll probably want a change . Thank you for stopping by xo

  2. Lil says

    Looks great in the dark color but I’m confused… Did you paint them white or dark. All the pics are dark except the first one and your comment at the beginning says you painted them White. Which one is it. I love it dark better. :)

  3. Sheri says

    I love love love this!! I’m always amazed at the power of paint. I actually think this room is beautiful both ways but what an awesome change!! ????

  4. Linda says

    I love it! Sophisticated, cozy and the rug highlights it, too! Now I can’t wait to see what you do for Christmas. But then I always can’t wait to see what you do for the holidays.

  5. Kenna says

    I love the dark and have wanted to paint my fireplace surround for some time now but have been to scared! Question: I get a little lost w paint finishes. Is this a satin, eggshell or gloss finish in the darker paint?

  6. Kristin says

    When I saw the pic on IG my brain said “Oh Lucy must be sharing someone else’s space” because never in a million years did I think you’d go dark. I LOVE IT!!

  7. Michelle says

    I LOVE the dark! It leaves me feeling all swoon-y. So beautiful, but it’s even more my style than all white, which I also love. I totally understand the unsettled feeling of decor being “not quite” you or what you’re wanting right now and having to change it until it feels right, even if only for a few months, lol. That room is going to be GORGEOUS for Christmas. I can’t wait to see what you do in there!

  8. says

    I’m in love with the look of dark walls. I’ve always advocated accent walls (and sometimes argued for them while living with my mother ages ago) and this one is particularly beautiful. There’s something so rich and comforting about how you have set everything up in the space. It looked good white, don’t get me wrong, but that dark color makes me want to move in! It feels like a space that I would want to hang out in. Kudos to you for making such a big, beautiful change!

  9. c2 says

    I love it♥…moody, cozy and a peek at our seasons ahead. Although, I believe you should get a huge reward for your meticulous paint job! WOW …such a fantastic job was done in the wee hours of the morning! It would have taken me the entire night just placing the blue tape correctly. :)

  10. Jeanne says

    The dark shelves are gorgeous! And I’m so impressed that you did that in the middle of the night. You’re instincts are spot on!
    Now I’m looking at my white shelves….. do I dare and do I have the guts??

  11. Denise says

    Loved the shelves painted dark but the whole wall is stunning! What goes around comes around! I knew we would begin to get tired of the all white sooner or later. Though I still love all white.

  12. says

    Lucy, I love this dramatic change! Such a cozy space for the fall and winter. I cannot imagine what you are going through with your son off at college. Mine is still a toddler but I know those days will come all too fast. Thinking of you!

  13. says

    I LOVE IT! Makes me want to grab a fuzzy blanket, my book, a glass of wine and enjoy the room. What a beautiful color. You go girl and come summer just add some yellow and all will be fine in the world!

  14. Terri says

    Lucy, this is gorgeous! I love the dark color. The room looks classy and welcoming. Thank you for sharing with us!

  15. Donna Sexton says

    I love your shelves all 3 ways but I think the dark is my favorite. I see you used Midnight but did you use eggshell or flat plaint or semi gloss? I really love the color of your new sofa with the dark color. It’s so warm and dramatic too. Thanks for any info. Love your home and decorating. Is that a new dining table? I was looking for a post or link. I thought you always had white.

  16. Jana says

    Absolutely love this!!! Would love to see it with lime green in the spring. Yellow and white would be sooo pretty for summer. How about it? Pretty please?

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