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Roomology: Dining Room with Bookcase

April 13, 2013

Dining room with bookcases
Image source: Matchbook Magazine March 2013 issue

Roomology – Where we look at different elements of an interior. Analyze along with me and practice really looking at the room in the photo. Learning to pinpoint the elements in a photo that speak to you will make it possible to re-create the mood you’re after in your own home. Every room is saying something, it speaks a visual language. Let’s take a look at what it’s saying and how it is saying it…What I choose to highlight might be different from what you see, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

This spot looks so inviting to me. It looks pretty casual, like you can relax and be yourself in it, but looks well-curated at the same time. When I saw this photo it struck me how personal it looks, yet the overall idea is very simple and would be fairly easy to recreate on a budget with IKEA and thrifted pieces.

The furniture: A bookcase, dining table and chairs.

I like that the bookcase and dining chairs are white and a pop of color is added with the table. While it has a different vibe, the IKEA Expedit Expedit shelving unit could work for a white bookcase in a similar set-up, don’t you think?


With some thrifted chairs and table with a coat of paint, it would be easy to recreate this idea if you like it.

Colors: White, light coral, teal, pink, gold.

The white wall, bookcase and dining chair provide a calm backdrop to the color provided by the dining room table (coral), books (multi-colored), artwork (teal, black and white, pink and more) and accessories (gold, blue and more).

I like how the artwork on the top shelves are similar colors grouped together. I also like how the rose on what looks like a plate attached to the front of the bookcase is a similar coral/pink to the color of the dining room table. And the hit of hot pink added by the ‘LOVE’ print is subtle but adds a fresh accent to the color palette of the room.

Accessories: Books, basket, artwork (photo, drawing, print, paintings), glass globes, plate, brass animals ( I love that rhinosaurus).

The books add color and I think of them as a form of accessory. Other accessories include those discussed above. The glass globes add a bit of depth, color and shine. I absolutely love brass objects myself and seeing this collection dotted throughout the bookcase makes me want to run out and hunt for some in thrift stores.

What do you think about this room?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 17, 2013 11:37 pm

    Glad to have you back :). Mommy and designer. Loving it. And I love that top picture, pinning it now.

    • April 27, 2013 4:39 pm

      Thank you Chrystina! It felt good to get a design-y post out! Glad you liked it. :)


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