As a young girl, I vividly remember laying on the floor of our home and coloring poster-sized characters for my mom's bulletin boards. She would find a character she wished to use, place the image on an opaque projector, trace it out onto poster board, and then would allow me to bring the character to life with markers and crayons! My "go-to" method of artistry involved coloring the character with crayons, but then outlining sections with the coordinating marker. What fun that was! I loved helping her bring her bulletin boards to life. I guess you may have guessed, I'm the daughter of a now-retired elementary school teacher.
Fast forward several decades and here I am, embarking on my journey in an elementary school as the librarian. I'm excited about so many aspects of this new adventure, but as I'm closing the door on one job and trying to unwind with some summer fun, I keep finding myself on PInterest. Oh, I know that you teachers and librarians out there know what I'm up to....
I cannot stop thinking about the decorating of the space! I keep imagining vivid colors, flexible seating areas, cute centers, and fuzzy rugs. A lot of time, money, and effort can go in to making an inviting learning space. So, after much browsing and doodling and pondering......and being realistic about what I already own.....I have decided on a color scheme that I think will be perfect for The Happy Library! And I had to look no further than the color scheme I used here on the blog...
This fabric swatch was something I pinned on Pinterest a long time ago because I just loved the vivid color and the happy floral pattern. It prompted me to search for more color inspiration...
These little sunburst poms popped up in my Pinterest feed and I just knew I had to use yellow! They scream "happy" right?! The library has no windows, but just a set of doors that let in a little natural light. Adding yellow into the color scheme will make the dark carpet, dark book cases (the ones with the oddly colored laminate) and the dark-stained library furniture and circulation desk seem less heavy, I think. So, I found a few more inspirational photos that had the yellow....
The dino prints are available here on Etsy. I won't order these, but the color combo is exactly what I'm looking to re-create. I always love ideas from Schoolgirl Style and her lanterns have become a staple in my classrooms, libraries, and offices in the past. Her latest collection called "Pina Colada Pineapple" has a lot of the colors I'm looking to use! Although I won't be adding in all the pink, I do think I may order some of the borders, lanterns, and pennants printed with the yellow, teal, orange, and green.
The fabric swatches on the top right photo can be found through Better Homes and Gardens and the flame-stitch-patterned fabric swatch below it is available through Fabric.com and is a solarium fabric. I don't think I'm ordering any of the fabrics, but these are just inspiration for planning out what colors to use on furniture, displays, bulletin boards, and accessories within the library spaces.
And remember the strange color of the bookcase laminate? I shared this photo in the last post, but I've zoomed in a bit so that you can see what I'm talking about. It appears that it might have been a more vivid blue at some point in time (or possibly green?) but it is now a strange color that I can't even name....well, enter the teal color. I'm thinking that using the teal will actually make these bookcases look teal, even if they are not. Hoping I'm right on this...
So, if my color palette had to be summed up, it is the one pictured above. This swatch was found on Pinterest and links to Erin Williamson Design. I think she must have pinned it to Flickr or some other site like that. I couldn't find the original source, but I'll give her credit since she added it to Pinterest.
The colors are a lively apple green (center), a slightly darker version of the green, my favorite teal, orange (with more of a coral undertone than red), and a happy yellow. This color combo really makes my heart sing! I will certainly post photos as I begin to put items together and of course will post the decorating process once I'm actually in the library. And you can always follow my inspiration board on Pinterest.
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