Inspiration for a party can come from all sorts of places. Sometimes the venue is so unique that it begs you to work around the already existing details to create something spectacular. The Boston Public Library is definitely one of those venues. College students and families make use of the BPL on a daily basis to read and study, but they likely never knew that the library rents their facilities – and their facilities are stunning.
We looked at this venue two ways. While we designed these themes specifically around the BPL, these mood boards can be used for any library – and they are well-suited for any sort of fairy tale themed or bookish event.
1. Overgrown Fairytale
A color palate of greens and neutrals combined with woodsy details and loads of texture could transform the already beautiful Abbey Room into an overgrown castle scene that could be straight from the pages of a fairy tale. Natural elements like the tree branch candelabras, mossy escort card frame, and vine covered lanterns bring the outdoors in, while the mirrored table numbers add a touch of “who is the fairest of them all” whimsy. This is a good library theme for someone who doesn’t want to take the setting too literally – you can add stacks of books if you’d like, but it’s not necessary to drive the theme.
1. Boston Public Library photographed by Shang Chen Photography 2. Style Me Pretty 3. Bella Flora 4. this is glamorous 5. Belle 6. Style Me Pretty 7. Small Place Style 8. Style Me Pretty 9. Coco + Kelley 10. Etsy (no longer available. find similar by searching “firefly lantern.”)
2. Loose Leaves
Drawing inspiration from the kelly green lamps on the reading tables in Bates Hall, we’ve put together a color palate of deep purples, greens, and blues that easily complement the neutral tones already present in the room. Books are featured prominently in the decor (it is a library, after all), but the rich colors are the main focus. Book pages are used creatively in several capacities, but we particularly loved the book-printed seat covers. From that same shoot, we see teal textured linens – the rich color and texture make for an extremely dramatic effect – almost as dramatic as that ceiling.
Laurie will be bringing you more mood boards every Monday. Want us to pull one together for you? Leave us a comment!