So I finally took pictures of the finished library! Aren´t you so excited? I am. I painted this room back in March. Where does time go. Anyway. Here´s a picture of this exact same space "before". It was fine, the picture wall was cute, many people loved it. But I always felt that this part of the room could look better, that the picture wall was sort of childish, etc. And I alway wanted this room to feel more cohesive.
What you need to know about the library is that it used to be two rooms that are now open to each other. I think/hope the picture above helps to understand the layout (it´s the best I can do without a proper wide angle lense...). The previous owners combined the two rooms and I guess it sort of makes sense. They did the same in the kitchen/dining room but while these still very much read as two separate room I think the library doesn´t. For me, it´s one room with a, well, challenging layout. So in order to unify this space more I decided to use one single color for the entire room; and I decided to go with Down Pipe by Farrow & Ball - two walls in the "office" part of the room were already painted this color and I loved it.
To go that dark was a bit of a risk since the room faces North - so while it gets a ton of light through the large windows there´s no direct sunlight except in the very early mornings. However I´ve always had that theory that darkish rooms become cozier when painted a dark color and in that particular case I think I was right. I love the new color. And what do you know, suddenly my blue chairs totally work! I was going to sew white covers for them but no need now - I think the colors work beautifully together!
Originally I had plans to make a big picture wall with the lovely floral prints by Olga Inoue. However that didn´t work for a number of reasons so I decided to at least have a few prints on each side of the break-through. I love how they pop against the dark color!
So, all in all, super happy with the result! Like with all Farrow & Ball paints, the color changes with the light - from a true charcoal to a dark blue to almost black. However since it has bronze undertones it never feels cold. I love being in this room (which is a good thing since I work from here full-time!). To think that when we moved in, this room caused me so many headaches, and now it´s one of my favorites in the house. Funny how that goes. Have a happy weekend!