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Design Dilemma
Design Dilemma

Light or Dark?

busuFebruary 18, 2013
What colors would you do this library? paint or stain? all shelves or paneling and shelves? there will be a spiral staircase centered on window
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Barbara Griffith Designs
What is the size of the space? Is the house all new construction or is this an update? Is it open to anything? What all will you & who else do in this space..book storage, reading, TV, computer? Is this room connected to any other rooms? What is the decor in the house to be? Need info.
    Bookmark   February 18, 2013 at 1:09PM
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A majority of design dilemmas are from homeowners/buyers who wish to lighten up their interiors by painting stained woodwork. Instead of paneling, you might consider classic, painted wainscoting combined with built-ins for book and media storage.
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3 Likes    Bookmark   February 18, 2013 at 1:38PM
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Thanks so much for your input. The space is 16'x16'. The spiral is to be 6' with bottom exit/entry on left. The project is a two story addition. This room is part of a connector between old house to new first floor master and basement entertainment area. The pictures are taken from a wide hallway. Existing house is traditional. I'm thinking of refinishing natural red oak to walnut stain. I appreciate that point on regretting dark stain. Thanks!
    Bookmark   February 18, 2013 at 7:03PM
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Barbara Griffith Designs
I agree with "michigammemom" but want to add that I would choose the trim color that matches the rest of the house. I think it is a great idea to do this project. We would like to see the finished product.
    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 7:26AM
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Thank you. I love those old English looking libraries but felt deep down it wasn't practical or airy in real life. Drywall today. Ill send pics as we go.
    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 7:49AM
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Barbara Griffith Designs
Consider faux beams across the ceiling, painted trim color. It would give you a little of the look you want.
2 Likes    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 7:51AM
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Here is a more contemporary example.

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    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 8:14AM
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Thank you for that contemporary pic. I initially glossed over that bc railing was so modern. I hadn't noticed that big print. That's a good idea bc another one of our issues is we have come to realize that with kindles and online streaming, we don't have that many books or DVDs as we used to.
    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 8:29AM
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