How to Decorate the new Octavia Bookcase from Ballard Designs

In our new Winter Collection, we’re excited to introduce our Octavia Bookcase. The octagonal cubbies and two-tone paint colors make this bookcase a shining star in our latest collection, and one that can transition seamlessly into your home. We’re sharing a few looks and inspiration for turning this classically inspired furniture piece into a focal point in your home.

We started with this gorgeous fresh, yellow look. An old collection of National Geographic magazines gives the soft gloss white a pop of color and really makes a striking statement. You could create this same effect by using craft paper on old hardback books. Just buy some solid color craft or wrapping paper and create a monotone look that coordinates with your throw pillows, art, or dinnerware collection.

Detail of Ballard Designs Octavia Bookcase

The octagonal cubbies have plate grooves that work beautifully for a piece of your wedding china or a vintage treasure, but we also love using a small urn, like our Turin Urn.

Ballard Designs Octavia Bookcase

Another thing we love about the Octavia Bookcase is the two-tone interior. On all of the colors, Dark Teal, Dark Olive, and Soft Gloss White, the interior is a slightly different color creating depth and dimension. For the teal and olive colors, the interior is just a touch lighter. We did this because in a bookcase that is a dark color, the back can start to feel cavernous. The lighter, brighter paint colors means your treasures won’t get lost visually.

Ballard Designs Octavia Bookcase

Two flanking a sofa, sideboard, or great piece of art creates a strong focal point, something that every room needs. Without a focal point, a room feels empty and neglected, like the decorating process isn’t complete. We particularly like creating the focal point on the wall you see first upon entering a room.

In this living room, we’re entering from the hallway, and this view is just what you want — it draws you into the room and makes you say ‘wow.’

Dark Olive Octavia bookcase paired with matching accessories

We’ve shown you how to accessorize and decorate both the white and teal above, but we’re also smitten with the Dark Olive colorway. This shade has the feel of a neutral since this shade of green has so much brown in it. Paired with khaki and spicy oranges, like Bunny Williams’ Melange Dinnerware, our new Meyers Throw Pillows, and an abstract painting (Inlet Stretched Canvas), we can see this piece in a library, dining room, or hallway.

We’re so proud of the way this beautiful piece turned out, and we know you’ll appreciate the hand-applied finishes perfected by Italian artisans.

See more pieces from our Winter 2016 Collection here, or browse decorating ideas on our Pinterest page.

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