In Deirdre Heekin and Caleb Barber's Vermont cottage, a bookcase is designed with a mantel-like shelf "to make it hearth like, since we don't have a proper fireplace," Heekin says. Love the surprise of flowers on bookshelf.
Painted bookshelves in any color are a great accent in a room. The turquoise color looks lovely with cream and antique silver accents. Even painting the interior of a cabinet or bookshelves can be a dramatic change.