What colour shelves?


Looking to have some hidden bracket shelves built in the nooks on either side of the fireplace, about 3 per side. What colour should the shelves be? We just bought the house and are not committed to the dark grey colour (which matches a feature wall) so I don't really want to make them that colour. Thinking white to match trim and mantle or stained to match the floor. Thoughts?


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  • I would paint them white.

  • Judy in Canton. Judy in Canton. on Nov 14, 2021

    You have a lot of options and it just depends on what you want to feature. The white shelves would tie in with the fireplace nicely. That looks like a deep recess so I would also think about adding cabinets on the lower half. Since you don't care about the grey wall I would consider wallpaper or mirrors or paint it white to keep the look uniform. It's a beautiful area. Get your creative juices going and have fun.

  • Tuula - Color Me Thrifty Tuula - Color Me Thrifty on Nov 14, 2021

    I would definitely go with white.

  • Janice Janice on Nov 14, 2021

    I would paint the shelves white. I would also consider doing more than three!

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Nov 14, 2021

    white shelves would look nice but you could do the wood floating shelves as well just depends on your furniture and the look you want

  • I love the idea of the wood that matches the floor. However, then I would paint the gray the same cream color as the wall, so they pop! And congrats on the new house!

  • William William on Nov 14, 2021

    I would go with the wood stained to match the floor. White shelves would get lost. You want to bring attention to what ever you put on the shelves. You can create a mock up by taping strips of cardboard to the front of the openings faking the front of shelves. Paint the strips white on one side and a close brown on the other. Stand back and see what appeals to you.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Nov 14, 2021

    Hello. If it were my situation I would paint them the same color as the fireplace molding. Best wishes on your project

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Nov 14, 2021

    Another vote to match the floor, find the wood you like and stain it, Minwax has something to closely match the stain you need. A cabinet on the bottom would give you a filler and storage space.

  • Mogie Mogie on Nov 14, 2021

    I think the natural beauty of wood could add warmth and make the shelves stand out without being overwhelming. Try to get close to the color of your floors.

  • Dee Dee on Nov 14, 2021

    I would use a nice wood, and stain them in a mahogany color. REmember to put molding on the front of any type shelf to make it look professional.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Nov 14, 2021

    White every time!

  • Betsy Betsy on Nov 15, 2021

    Hi Francine: I think the white would look awesome and blend in with the white walls very nicely.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Nov 15, 2021

    I would go with a match to your wooden flooring. I think the white will blend in too much.

  • Em Em on Nov 16, 2021

    I'm voting for plain wooden shelves stained English Chestnut. Not too dark, not too light.

  • Homeroad Homeroad on Nov 17, 2021

    I would either do white shelves to match the fireplace or a dark version of the color on the wall.

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Nov 26, 2021

    Hi Francine, I would stain the wooden shelves to match the floor

  • Francine Francine on Nov 26, 2021

    Thank you for all of the suggestions!

  • Annie Annie on Nov 30, 2021

    Chunky wood shelves in a color matching the floor color would look absolutely fantastic. I'd do floating shelves and have them at least 3 inches wide.

    Why not turn this into a Hometalk project so we can all see how your finished area looks?