Living room update – Alcove shelves

I realised it’s been awhile since I posted any pictures of our living room. So even though it’s long overdue, I decided to share some information about our alcove shelves.

Front rooms in a period terraced houses are just small and there’s not a lot you can do about it. You can, however, add some alcove units to maximise the space.

At first we wanted to order floating shelves that are made to measure, but we quickly realised the costs are very similar to hiring a local carpenter. The cheapest option was to ask him to build and install the shelves, but leave the rest to us. So filling the small gaps, priming and of course painting was our job.

I really wanted the shelves to be as matte as the walls, but using the same finish was just impractical. We used Farrow and Ball “Hague Blue” estate emulsion on the walls, but estate eggshell on the shelves.

I’m not an expert when it comes to shelf styling, but I like changing things quite often. It’s good to have that extra space for your books, pictures, plants or whatever you feel like putting there.

Oh and I almost forgot! With plenty of leftover eggshell paint we also decided to finally give the doors a much needed makeover. We had to use a lot of masking tape on the glass and it wasn’t fun, but we love the result.

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