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Light Or Dark Grey Bookshelves? A Straw Poll

We are nearing the finish of our Belgian-Inspired Budget Basement but have encountered this thorny issue. Which colour should I paint our maple bookcases?

I have wallpapered the back in an ocelot print to disguise the tired Masonite, but the wood doesn’t suit the new grey palette or the wallpaper. Which shade do you think works best?

I painted a sample board and propped it up near the fireplace, which was one of the starting points for the palette. That’s Mole’s Breath on the left, and Dove Tale on right, both by the venerable Farrow & Ball.

If you had to choose, would it be the darker and more dramatic shade shown on top or the lighter one which changes considerably depending on the light.

Let me know because I can’t wait to show you the results!

Photo sources:
Wendy Jacob